Whitehouse Confirms Joe Biden Tests Positive for Covid

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Joe Biden tested positive for Covid on Thursday. This shows that the highly contagious virus is still around, even as new strains make it harder for the country to get back to normal after two and a half years of pandemic problems.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, said that Biden had "mild symptoms" and had started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug that is meant to make the disease less severe.

She said that Biden would be alone at the White House, but that he would still do all of his work.

"He has been in touch with White House staff members by phone this morning, and he will join his meetings at the White House this morning from his home via phone and Zoom."

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Biden, who is 79 years old, is fully protected because he got two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine right before he took office. He got the first dose in September and the second dose on March 30.

In a letter released by the White House, the president's doctor, Kevin O'Connor, said that Biden's symptoms were not too bad.

"Mostly rhinorrhea (runny nose) and tiredness, with a dry cough that started last night," O'Connor wrote.

He said that he thinks "he will respond well" to Paxlovid, as "most patients with the most protection" do.

The office of the first lady, Jill Biden, says that she has tested negative.

The first lady is in Detroit for a school event.

Before the event began, Biden said a few words about the news that her husband had tested positive for Covid.

"My husband was found to have Covid.

I just got off the phone with him.

She said, "He's doing fine and feels good."

"I didn't pass this morning.

I'm going to stick to my plan."

On Thursday, the president was going to give a speech in Pennsylvania about gun violence.

That trip has been canceled, so he will probably spend the weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Even though this is Biden's first time getting coronavirus, many people in his administration have had it before.

In April, Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for Covid. In May, both the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, and the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also tested positive.

Coronavirus cases in the US are going up again because the contagious BA.5 strain has become the most common one.

Johns Hopkins University says that there are up to 150,000 new cases of Covid every day in the US.

Jean-Pierre said in her statement that the White House will give a daily update on Biden's condition as long as he continues to work alone.

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