On Thursday morning, the White House announced that President Joe Biden had tested positive for coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Massachusetts.
The White House said Biden, who is 79 years old, is only suffering from “very mild symptoms” and has been immunized with four injections of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.
According to the White House, Mr. Biden’s most recent negative coronavirus check was conducted on Tuesday, suggesting that he may have been infected while in Massachusetts on Wednesday.
During his trip, Biden was not seen in public wearing a mask, as he met and traveled with officials from Massachusetts to give a speech on the threats of climate change. He also had time to greet Democrat officials and supporters after his address.
On Saturday, the president returned from his trip to the Middle East, which included stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel where he took time to personally greet public officials and he didn’t wear a mask in public. On Tuesday, Biden met with Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska at the White House.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the White House doctor, informed Biden’s office in a letter that he has a runny nose, a cough, and is feeling “fatigued.” His signs started “yesterday evening.”
According to the White House, Biden will receive Paxlovid treatment as he recuperates from the virus.
Despite his illness, Biden will maintain meetings at the White House through phone and video conferencing using Zoom, according to officials.
“He will follow CDC protocols and will stay at the White House in an isolation room, where he will continue to do all of his responsibilities completely,” according to the White House.
Biden was supposed to fly to Pennsylvania on Thursday, where he would give a speech on crime and gun control and attend a fund-raiser that evening before returning to Delaware. Those plans have been canceled.
The White House said that the president would “continue to work in isolation until he tests negative.”