Biden’s symptoms ‘continue to improve’ after COVID-19 diagnosis, doctor says

President Joe Biden’s symptoms “continue to improve” after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, the president’s doctor said in a Saturday letter. wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor. “His voice remains deep. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain completely normal. His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air. His lungs remain clear.” Biden completed his second full day of Paxlovid Friday night, and will continue to receive the antiviral drug, O’Connor said. in the United States at this time.” Biden “will continue to self-isolate in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” O’Connor said, and being treated with oral hydration, Tylenol and aspirin at low-dose as O’Connor’s alternate type said Biden, who suffered from asthma when he was younger, will also continue to be treated with his “as needed” albuterol inhaler, which he has used a few times since that he tested positive White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said later on Saturday in brief remarks B Iden was feeling “pretty good”. Klain said, adding, “He’s been on the phone.” Klain didn’t respond when asked by CNN if O’Connor would speak to reporters about the president’s condition in the coming days. .Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said its Monday morning to CNN’s Amara Walker: “We have reason to believe that (Biden) will do just fine.” Although he hasn’t spoken directly to the president, Fauci said he was in “contact very close” with O’Connor after Biden’s positive test result this week. Fauci said Biden “has no trouble breathing right now” and using an inhaler is what Biden “does on a regular basis, when he gets an upper respiratory infection.” At 79, Biden is at increased risk of contract a more serious case of Covid-19 due to his age, but he is fully vaccinated and twice boosted – which the CDC says reduces the risk of hospitalization and death for O’Connor provided updates. day written about Biden’s illness and health, but has yet to publicly respond to questions about it. The White House medical unit will continue to watch Biden “closely,” O’Connor said. First lady Jill Biden, who is a close contact to the president, tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, her spokesperson Michael LaRosa said. She has no symptoms of COVID-19 and remains at her home in Wilmington, Delaware. Thursday marked “day 0” in the president’s COVID-19 timeline, meaning he would be isolated until at least Tuesday under CDC guidelines. But Fauci confirmed to CNN on Saturday that Biden would leave solitary confinement once he tested negative for COVID-19, deviating from CDC guidelines. “You really have to rely on the circumstances you find yourself in,” Fauci said. “The president is able to be able to test every day and wait for it to turn negative before coming back. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to do it.”

President Joe Biden’s symptoms “continue to improve” after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, the president’s doctor said in a Saturday letter.

“His main symptoms, although less bothersome, now include sore throat, runny nose, wet cough and body aches,” Dr Kevin O’Connor wrote. “His voice remains deep. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain completely normal. His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air. His lungs remain clear.”

Biden completed his second full day of Paxlovid Friday night and will continue to receive the antiviral drug, O’Connor said.

O’Connor wrote that Biden’s “causal agent” is “most likely” the BA.5 COVID-19 variant, which he says “is responsible for 75-80% of infections in the United States at actual hour”.

Biden “will continue to self-isolate in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” O’Connor said, and will be treated with oral hydration, Tylenol and low-dose aspirin as another type of blood thinner.

O’Connor said Biden, who suffered from asthma when he was younger, will also continue to be treated with his “as needed” albuterol inhaler, which he has used a few times since being tested. positive.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said in brief remarks later Saturday that Biden was feeling “pretty good.” Biden has been on “virtual conference calls,” Klain said, adding, “He’s been on the phone.”

Klain did not respond when asked by CNN if O’Connor would speak to reporters about the president’s condition in the coming days.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Amara Walker on Saturday morning, “We have reason to believe that (Biden) will do just fine.”

Although he hasn’t spoken to the president directly, Fauci said he was in “very close contact” with O’Connor following Biden’s positive test result this week.

Fauci said Biden “is having no trouble breathing right now” and using an inhaler is what Biden “does on a regular basis, when he gets an upper respiratory infection.”

At 79, Biden is at increased risk of contracting a more serious case of Covid-19 due to his age, but he is fully vaccinated and twice boosted – which the CDC says reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. death in the elderly.

O’Connor has provided written updates on Biden’s illness and health, but has yet to publicly respond to questions about it.

The White House medical unit will continue to watch Biden “closely,” O’Connor said.

First lady Jill Biden, who is a close contact with the president, tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, her spokesperson Michael LaRosa said. She has no symptoms of COVID-19 and remains at her home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thursday marked “day 0” in the president’s COVID-19 timeline, meaning he would be isolated until at least Tuesday under CDC guidelines.

But Fauci confirmed to CNN on Saturday that Biden would leave solitary confinement once he tested negative for COVID-19, deviating from CDC guidelines.

“You really have to rely on the circumstances you find yourself in,” Fauci said. “The president is able to be able to test every day and wait for it to turn negative before coming back. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to do it.”

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