WASHINGTON – President Biden finally tested negative for the coronavirus on Saturday, a week after his rebound case emerged, but the White House doctor said the president would remain in isolation “out of an abundance of caution” until the second test. negative.
Mr. Biden has been staying away from the Oval Office since then He tested positive again on July 30, although he tried to maintain a public presence through video appearances from the White House residence. The virus again kept him off the road for political events and also delayed summer vacation plans.
The president suffered few symptoms during his rebound case, according to Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the White House physician, and he appeared to be relatively well in his video events for the past few days down “The president always feels very good,” said Dr. O’Connor in a memo reporters were released on Saturday.
Through the President’s initial bout with Covid-19 and during his rebound case, Dr. O’Connor never faced reporters to answer questions, unlike previous doctors in the White House under other presidents. The White House has never given a clear explanation as to why. There are no theories provided in Dr.’s daily memos. O’Connor as to where and how the president was infected. White House officials have said that those believed to have been in close contact with Mr. Biden have tested negative.
The president was treated with Paxlovid early in his bout with Covid, and while the drug has been very successful in suppressing the virus and preventing serious cases and hospitalizations, some patients who took it have tested positive again for a few day. after the last dose of the five-day regimen.
Initial clinical studies found that only about 1 percent to 2 percent of those treated with Paxlovid, which is made by Pfizer, experienced a recurrence of symptoms. Subsequent studies of patients found higher rates, although still in the single digits.
But some doctors and patients have speculated that the rebound rate could be even higher because of anecdotal experiences and because of the characteristics of the highly contagious Omicron subvariants that have been circulating this summer. Among those who had a rebound case after taking Paxlovid was Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser and a leading figure in the response to the pandemic.
Aides have described Mr. Biden as eager to get out of isolation and back on track as the midterm congressional campaign begins to heat up. As a result of his infection, he has had to cancel several planned trips and has limited his contact with aides, advisers and others at a time when he has achieved several important victories that he would like to promote.
“I want to be with you personally, frankly,” he told Vice President Kamala Harris and several cabinet members over a video feed during an event on Wednesday outlining his plans to take action to protect abortion rights. “But I’m going there.”