Biden tests negative for the Corona virus, but she will continue to be isolated

WASHINGTON – President Biden’s test results eventually showed negative for the coronavirus on Saturday, a week after his rebound case emerged, but the White House doctor said the president would remain in isolation “in extreme caution” until a second negative test.

Mr. Biden has been away from the Oval Office since he tested positive again on July 30, although he has tried to maintain a public presence through his video appearances from the White House residence. The recurrence of the virus has kept it out of the way for political events and delayed summer vacation plans as well.

The president has experienced few symptoms during his rebound, according to Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the White House physician, and has appeared in relatively good health in his video events over the past few days. “The president continues to feel much better,” Dr. O’Connor said in a note issued to reporters on Saturday.

Through the president’s initial encounter with Covid-19 and during his rebound state, Dr. O’Connor did not appear in front of reporters to answer questions, unlike previous White House doctors under other presidents. The White House has never offered a clear explanation as to why. Dr. O’Connor’s diary did not offer any theories about where and how the president was injured. White House officials said that all those believed to have been in close contact with Biden have tested negative.

The President was treated with Paxlovid early in his bout with Covid, and while the drug had great success in suppressing the virus, preventing severe cases and hospital admissions, a number of patients who took it tested positive again a few days after the last dose of the five-day regimen.

Initial clinical studies found that only about 1 percent to 2 percent of those treated with baxlovid, which is made by Pfizer, experienced symptoms again. Subsequent studies of patients have found higher rates, although they are still single digits.

But some clinicians and patients have speculated that the rebound rate may be higher due to anecdotal experiences and because of the characteristics of the highly contagious Omicron sub-variables circulating this summer. Among those who have experienced a rebound after taking Baxlovid is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the president and a leading figure in the response to the pandemic.

Biden’s aides have described him as eager to break out of isolation and get back on the road as the midterm campaign for Congress begins to burn. As a result of his injury, he has had to cancel a number of planned trips and reduce his contact with assistants, advisors and others at a time when he has achieved some important victories he would like to promote.

“I wish I was with you personally, quite frankly,” he told Vice President Kamala Harris and several Cabinet members via videotape during Wednesday’s event describing his plans to take action to protect abortion rights. “But I got there.”

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