U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks to staff in the Rose Garden as he returns from COVID-19 isolation to work in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 27, 2022.
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President Joe Biden returned to the Oval Office on Wednesday after five days of strict Covid-19 quarantine, saying he previously two negative coronavirus tests on the previous 24 hours.
“My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I’m feeling great,” Biden said in a brief speech at the White House before he returned to work in the West Wing. He previously been working from the White House residence after contracting Covid the other day
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter Wednesday that Biden’s symptoms “have already been steadily improving, and so are almost completely resolved.”
Despite ending his formal isolation period, Biden “is still very specifically conscientious to safeguard any” White House staff, Secret Service agents among others whose duties require proximity to him, O’Connor wrote.
Speaking in the Rose Garden, Biden, 79, emphasized the significance of new Covid treatments with greatly improving the prognosis of these who do contract the herpes virus.
“What’s different now could be our capability to protect ourselves from serious disease because of Covid. Actually, that’s radically different today than it had been only a year ago,” Biden said.
“Covid isn’t gone. But despite having cases climbing in this country, Covid deaths are down nearly 90% from when I took office” in January 2021.
O’Connor in his letter Wednesday wrote that Biden had completed a five-day span of the antiviral medication Paxlovid, one of the novel treatment plans which have contributed to the huge drop in Covid mortality rates.
“This life saving drug reduces the chance of hospitalization and death from Covid-19 by about 90%,” Biden said of Paxlovid. He added that in lots of places the drug is “free, safe and an easy task to take. And we’re moving quickly to create it accessible.”
In his letter Wednesday, however, O’Connor also wrote that given the prospect of a rebound in Covid excellent results seen “in a small % of patients treated with Paxlovid, the President increase his testing cadence.”
The president Wednesday morning tweeted an image showing his negative test, with the message: “Back again to the Oval. Because of Doc for the nice care, also to everyone for the support.”
Biden was identified as having Covid on Thursday.
The White House that day said the president was experiencing “very mild symptoms.” Biden is fully vaccinated and contains received two booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine.