Joe Biden, US president, tested positive for COVID and publishes video

President Biden is fully vaccinated and received two boosters, the White House reported
President Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters, the White House reported. Photo: Twitter/@POTUS

“My friends, I am doing very well,” said US President Joe Biden in Twitter, after having tested positive for COVID-19 at age 79, with “very mild” symptoms, according to the White House.

In a video of about 20 seconds, recorded on a balcony of the White Housethe president says: “I’m fine, everything will be fine”, after thanking the people who have worried about him. Dressed in a dark suit, light blue shirt and no tie, he remembers that he has the complete vaccination schedule and two booster doses.

Shortly before he tweeted “I’m fine“, in a message accompanied by a photo with the clear intention of showing that he is still at the forefront. She is seen smiling, wearing a jacket and shirt but no tie, in a White House office, pen in hand. On the table are mobile phones, papers and a bottle of water.

Your doctor, Kevin O’ConnorHe said that Biden, following routine screening protocol, first tested positive for an antigen test and a PCR confirmed the result.

According to the doctor, he has had these symptoms since Wednesday night: “runny nose”, “tiredness” and “occasional dry cough”.

“all its functions”

The Democratic president, who had never tested positive, “began taking Paxlovid,” Pfizer’s anticovid pill, and will self-isolate in the White House until he tests negative, his spokesman said. Karine Jean Pierre it’s a statement.

The president “is fully vaccinated and received two booster doses, so I hope he will respond favorably” to treatment, the doctor said.

According to the statement, “he will continue to assume all his functions” during the time of isolation.

His wife, jill bidensaid she tested negative. “I spoke to him a few minutes ago. He’s fine, he’s feeling fine,” she told reporters during a trip to Michigan.

The president, who wants to campaign for the mid-term legislative elections in November, was scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania this Thursday and to Florida, but he had to cancel his trips.

“Strong”

Joe Bidenwho was elected -in part- for the promise that he would fight the COVID-19 epidemic, respects the instructions of distancing and wearing a mask.

And he summoned the press every time he got vaccinated, hoping to encourage his fellow citizens to follow suit.

Until now, he has never contracted the virus, which has circulated widely among his aides and, in general, among American politicians. Vice President Kamala Harris, who had COVID-19 in April, tested negative Thursday, according to her office.

The White House has promised to report “every day” on the health status of Joe Biden, who, according to a November medical examination, is “strong” and “fit” to perform his duties.

Biden’s last COVID test, which came back negative, dates back to Tuesday, upon his return from a tour of Israel and Saudi Arabia last week, he said. Karine Jean Pierre.

The United States is currently registering about 130,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, an underestimate, according to experts, and the number of hospitalizations is increasing. The highly contagious BA.5 subvariant of Ómicron is dominant in the country, accounting for about 80% of cases.

paxlovid

The paxlovid that Joe Biden takes is an antiviral treatment that decreases the ability of the virus to replicate, thus slowing the progression of the disease. To be effective, it must be taken within the first few days after the onset of symptoms.

In the United States, it is recommended for people at risk of developing a severe case of the disease, a category that the president falls into because of his age.

The predecessor of Joe Bidenthe republican donald trumpannounced on October 2, 2020 on Twitter that he had COVID-19. He was evacuated by helicopter from the White House to the Walter Reed military hospital, where he spent three nights, without the Presidency revealing his state of health.

Many Republicans put aside their criticism of the head of state.

“I am sorry to learn that President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. I wish him a speedy recovery,” tweeted the leader of the Republican senators, Mitch McConnell.