President Joe Biden COVID-19
Joe, 79, is fully vaccinated and has been given two booster shots for the virus. He is “experiencing very mild symptoms,” the White House stated.
He has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medication used to assist treat cases of the coronavirus.
“Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will go on to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary said in a statement.
“He has been in contact with the representative of the White House staff by phone today morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via mobile phone and Zoom from the residence,” she continued.
In an effort to be transparent, the White House will offer daily updates about Biden’s condition, though staff anticipates him being able to carry on his work in isolation until he receives a negative test.
Former President Donald Trump was also positive for the virus while in office and ultimately remained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to be treated for a COVID-19 infection.
Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 — infections that occur in individuals who have been fully vaccinated against the virus — are expected and possible, as the vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Still, vaccinated people who test positive will likely be asymptomatic or experience a far milder illness than if they were not vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19 — around 98 to 99 percent — are in unvaccinated people.
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