President Joe Biden’s mild Covid-19 symptoms are improving and he’s responding well to treatment, according to an update from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who said the President has the extremely contagious Omicron BA.5 strain of the virus.
The President has started a course of Paxlovid, the antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the illness, and his main symptoms were a runny noise, mild fatigue, and a cough. Although the White House didn’t release any other results, all of his vital signs remain normal, Dr. O’Connor said.
The President has stayed in good spirits while continuing to work in isolation from the White House. He recorded a video from the balcony telling people: “I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. And, in the meantime, thanks for your concern. And keep the faith. It’s going to be OK.” He’s also stayed active on Twitter, tweeting that he’s “Keeping busy!” and that “it’s worse than it sounds” in regards to his raspy voice.
An update from me: pic.twitter.com/L2oCR0uUTu
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2022
The President has received plenty of wishes for a speedy recovery from Twitter users as well as other world leaders, even as the right-wing media has taken an especially ghoulish tactic in their coverage.
Glad you’re doing well, my friend. I’m wishing you the very best – as are millions of Canadians. Let’s keep working together to fight COVID-19.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 21, 2022
First Lady Jill Biden has continued to test negative for COVID-19.
First Lady Biden has tested NEGATIVE for COVID TODAY, according to her spokesperson.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 22, 2022
President Biden had miraculously avoided catching the virus for well over a year, defying all odds while campaigning and famously debating with a secretly COVID-positive Donald Trump.
The Biden-Harris Administration has rapidly increased the number of people benefitting from Paxlovid – an antiviral medication proven to help keep people out of hospitals once they have tested positive with COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/aJ1TuRGGJP
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 23, 2022
President Joe Biden was asked if former President Donald Trump put him ‘at risk’ after ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed in a new book that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 before their first presidential debate
'I don't think about the former president,' Biden responded pic.twitter.com/kfehjG3jkR
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 1, 2021
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain called the President’s testing positive a “teachable moment” for the country, and said the White House wasn’t aware of any other positive Covid results that were linked to the President’s case.