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Biden tests positive for Covid again, will restart isolation despite no recent symptoms

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022. 

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President Joe Biden on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 once more after consecutive days of testing negative for the virus, his physician said.

Biden, 79, is experiencing no recent symptoms and “continues to feel quite well,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memo shared by the White House.

But he’ll nevertheless “reinitiate strict isolation procedures,” the presidential physician wrote.

O’Connor had previously warned of the potential for a “rebound” in positive test results, a phenomenon amongst a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, used the antiviral medication Paxlovid as a part of their treatment.

Biden had accordingly “increased his testing cadence, each to guard people around him and to guarantee early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote in the newest memo, which was made public Saturday afternoon.

The president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but tested positive on Saturday morning from an antigen test. “That is fact represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” the doctor wrote.

Biden’s age puts him at higher risk of getting severely ailing from Covid. People over age 65 account for greater than 81% of deaths from the virus, which has killed greater than 1 million people within the U.S. alone, in line with the CDC.

“The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well. This being the case, there is no such thing as a reason to reinitiate treatment presently, but we are going to obviously continues close statement,” O’Connor wrote.

“Nevertheless, given his positive antigen test, he’ll reinitiate strict isolation procedures. As I’ve stated previously, the President continues to be very specifically conscientious to guard any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote.

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