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President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue to isolate in the White House until he tests negative a second time, according to his doctor.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to the president, said that Biden “continues to feel very well.” He tested positive last week after completing a course of Paxlovid treatment in what doctors called a “rebound”.
“Due to his positivity regarding replay that we reported last Saturday, we continued with daily monitoring,” said O’Connor. “This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was negative.”
“With an abundance of caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures until the second test is negative as previously described,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor said last week that Biden was tested negative for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, but tested positive on Saturday morning with an antigen test.
The president initially tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21.
The president suffered body pains and a sore throat early in his infection last month.
The preliminary sequencing that O’Connor revealed has indicated that Biden contracted the BA5 variant, the most common coronavirus variant in the US right now.
Dr. Marc Siegel, Fox News medical analyst and professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center told Fox News Digital last week that the president was not setting a good example in following the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines .
“It’s not a good look for a president who talks about mandates. He played too loose with this,” Siegel said last Saturday. “The antigen test is predictive of low infectivity if negative but a high quality KN95 mask or better would be a sensible precaution.”
White House Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was not wearing a mask Wednesday because the group was socially distant.