Update 7/30/2022, 4: 00pm ET: Late this Saturday morning, President Joe Biden once more tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, marking the beginning of a COVID-19 “rebound.”
Based on the president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, Biden isn’t experiencing any renewed symptoms and “continues to feel quite nicely.” However, because of the positive rapid antigen test, he’ll re-enter isolation.
Biden, 79, first tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 Thursday, July 21 while experiencing mild symptoms. He immediately began a five-day span of the antiviral Paxlovid, which had ended by Tuesday, July 26, when he tested negative on an instant antigen test. He continued to check negative on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before testing positive again today.
Given his current insufficient symptoms, O’Connor said Biden isn’t starting another round of Paxlovid. However the president will stay under close observation.
Notably, top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, 81, also experienced a COVID-19 rebound following a five-day span of Paxlovid in June. He reported that his rebound symptoms were “much worse” than his initial case and took another five-day span of Paxlovid.
Original story 7/27/2022, 11: 01am ET:President Joe Biden has tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on two separate rapid antigen tests, and he could be ending his “strict isolation measures.”
The president tested negative Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday morning, the president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, wrote in his daily update letter of the president’s SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Biden, 79, first tested positive Thursday morning while experiencing mild outward indications of a runny nose, fatigue, and a dry cough.
Following the diagnosis, he immediately went into isolation and began a five-day span of the antiviral Paxlovid. He completed that course 36 hours ago, O’Connor wrote. The president is fever-free, and the others of his symptoms are improving and so are “almost completely resolved.”
Biden will now leave his isolation but will wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days. Your choice to get rid of isolation exceeds the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will not require negative tests to get rid of isolation. The agency advises that folks can end their isolation after five days, with out a test, provided that they’re fever-free and their symptoms are improving, however they should mask until 10 days after testing positive.
O’Connor ended the letter by noting the chance that Biden could experience a COVID “rebound” following his span of Paxlovid. It’s unclear why, however, many people who have COVID-19 experience a resurgence of symptoms and again test positive after a short but brief recovery. This phenomenon has been particularly reported in patients who take Paxlovid, however the percentage of individuals who experience a rebound remains unknown.
“The President increase his testing cadence, both to safeguard people around him also to assure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote.