Biden tests negative for Covid, to isolate himself

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Biden tests negative for Covid, to isolate himself

President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid on Saturday, but will continue to isolate himself at the White House until a second negative test is taken, his doctor said.

In his latest daily update, Kevin O Connor wrote that the president will be cautious despite the strict isolation measures in place since his rebound infection was detected on July 30th, pending a follow-up negative result.

Biden, 79, came down with the virus a second time, three days after he emerged from isolation from his initial bout with Covid, reported on 21 July. There have been rare rebound cases, documented among a minority of those who have been given the anti-viral medication Paxlovid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness and death from the virus among those at highest risk.

O Connor said Biden continues to feel very well Biden's travel has been on hold as he waited for a negative test. He plans to visit Kentucky on Monday to see damage from catastrophic flooding and meet with families.

Biden was doing great White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when asked about his health Saturday at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Las Vegas. She said when she speaks to the president, he tells them I ve been working eight-plus hours a day During his first go-round with the virus, Biden's primary symptoms were a runny nose, fatigue and a loose cough. O Connor said Biden's cough returned and had almost completely resolved by Friday, and that Biden had returned to normal during his rebound case.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors it had been reported within two days to eight days after testing negative for the virus, but regulators are still studying the prevalence and virulence of rebound cases.

There are no reports of severe disease currently available from case reports, suggesting that persons treated with Paxlovid who experience Covid rebound have mild illness.