“My friends, I’m doing great”: In his trademark relaxed tone, US President Joe Biden delivered his news on Twitter on Thursday after being declared positive for COVID-19 at the age of 79.
With two personalized messages on Twitter, a lengthy press conference by Representative Karine Jean-Pierre, and the White House doing everything in its power to reassure the United States’ oldest elected president about his health and ability to govern. Chief Executive’s personal physician.
“I was double vaccinated, with two booster doses, the symptoms were mild,” the Democrat said in the twenty-second video, which showed him on the White House balcony in a dark suit, sky blue shirt and no tie.
“I’m fine, I’m working a lot and I’ll continue to do so. And at the same time, thank you for caring about me and keeping faith. Everything will be fine,” he concluded with a small smile.
Earlier, he tweeted, “Looking great” with a carefully posed photo of himself at his desk, pen in hand and smartphone within reach.
His doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said in a statement that the president had a positive result Thursday after an antigen test, which was later confirmed by a PCR test.
When examined and questioned by his doctor, the president reported some symptoms: “runny nose”, “fatigue”, “occasional dry cough” and a restless night. Ashish Jha, who coordinates the US executive response to COVID-19, said his oxygen levels were “normal” on Wednesday.
Karine Jean-Pierre said the Democrat, who has never tested positive, ‘started taking Paxlovid’, Pfizer’s anti-Covid pill, and will self-isolate at the White House until he tests negative again.
The White House insisted that the president would “continue all his duties” from his private apartments, which promised a daily update on his health.
His wife Jill Biden said that she also tested negative, as did Vice President Kamala Harris.
The positive test comes after weeks of the president taking two major foreign trips, including last week’s trip to the Middle East.
Like all presidents before him, Joe Biden bears the marks of a tough burden: His walk is stiffer, his hair is shorter than it was at his inauguration, and his speech is sometimes more abrupt. A comprehensive medical examination last November found him “robust” and “fit” to perform his duties.
Joe Biden, who has promised to fight the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, has always highlighted his respect for instructions to distance and wear a mask.
He also invited the press to receive his vaccine doses, hoping to encourage his fellow citizens to do the same.
Knowing how he was contaminated “doesn’t matter,” Karin Jean-Pierre began Thursday, indicating that the White House is currently busy defining contact cases surrounding the chief executive.
The US president’s last negative test was on Tuesday.
The United States is currently seeing 130,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day, which experts say is an underestimate, and hospitalizations are also on the rise. The highly infectious BA.5 subvariant of Omicron accounts for approximately 80% of cases.
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Ashish Jha said that analysis is being done to find out which variant the president is infected with and it will take a few days.
Paxlovide is an antiviral treatment that works by reducing the ability of the virus to replicate, thereby stopping the progression of the disease.
The treatment is recommended in the United States for people at risk of developing a severe case of the disease, a category into which the American president falls because of his age.
Joe Biden’s predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, announced on Twitter on October 2, 2020 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
He was airlifted to Walter Reed Military Hospital and treated there for three nights, with the White House shedding no light on the seriousness of his condition.