Pres. Joe Biden will return to isolation after testing positive for COVID Saturday, according to White House physician Kevin O’Connor.
“The President was initially testing negative throughout Tuesday evening, early Wednesday morning, early Thursday morning, and also Friday morning. He subsequently proved positive by antigen testing late Saturday morning. This is a case of ‘rebound’ positivity,” O’Connor added.
According to O’Connor, Biden was not experiencing any symptoms after his clean test and was isolated to protect White House personnel who would otherwise be in close quarters with him.
“Rebound” positivity is seen in a small percentage of patients who are treated with Paxlovid, according to Biden’s physician. After his encouraging COVID test on July 21, the president got Paxlovid. Following his first positive COVID test, the 79-year-old president was said to be experiencing “very minor Covid symptoms,” according to what the White House has said. He was able to attend normal meetings while taking Paxlovid after recovering from his initial positive COVID test.
Following the good COVID test results on July 21, 2020, Biden took a maskless photo in the White House. After Biden was forced to postpone an event in Scranton, PA, at around noon, his official Twitter account posted the picture shortly afterward. Biden is sitting at a desk in the West Wing of the White House without a mask in this snap. Biden’s photo was taken just hours after White House media Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that Biden had been diagnosed with COVID, which appeared to contradict CDC instructions.
“Folks, I’m doing fantastic. Thank you all for any concerns you have about me,” Joe Biden tweeted. “Just called Sens Robert Casey, Congressman Matt Cartwright, and Mayor Paige Cognetti (and also my Scranton relatives!) to apologize for missing our event today. I’m staying busy!”
CDC standards now state that COVID victims should “wear a well-fitting mask for a full 10 days anytime you are around other people inside your home or out in public. Don’t go out to places where you are not able to wear a well-fitting mask.”