By now, the coronavirus has contaminated nearly all of folks within the U.S., together with loads of notable people. On July 21, it was revealed that COVID had simply made its method to one very distinguished determine: President Joe Biden. In an announcement from the White Home, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that Biden had examined optimistic for the virus that morning and could be isolating on the White Home. Jean-Pierre additionally stated that “out of an abundance of transparency,” the Biden administration could be offering a each day replace on the president’s sickness. However whilst we study extra about Biden’s COVID an infection, not all questions have been answered. Learn on to seek out out what the White Home admitted we nonetheless “do not know” in regards to the president’s case.
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In accordance with the newest information from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), there have been greater than 89 million reported COVID circumstances within the U.S. However whereas many individuals are actually getting reinfected with the virus for the second and even third time, that is President Biden’s first time testing optimistic because the pandemic started. It is the second time COVID has struck a U.S. president, nevertheless, as former President Donald Trump examined optimistic for the virus whereas in workplace on Oct. 2, 2020, per CNN.
Earlier this 12 months, Vice President Kamala Harris additionally contracted COVID. On April 26, it was reported that the vice chairman had examined optimistic regardless of experiencing no signs. On the time, Harris assured Individuals that she couldn’t have handed the virus to President Biden, as she had not been in shut contact with him for at the very least eight days earlier than she examined optimistic, in response to The Washington Publish.
In accordance with The Washington Publish, there have been at the very least two situations wherein an individual who met with Biden unmasked examined optimistic for the virus quickly after. In March, the president spoke with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin proper earlier than the Irish chief obtained a optimistic take a look at end result, after which in April, Biden hung out with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi simply days earlier than she found she had COVID. Biden examined adverse on each occassions.
The president has additionally examined adverse for COVID following exposures at the very least two different instances—as soon as in Dec. 2021 and extra lately in June of this 12 months, per NBC. The White Home takes “aggressive measures” to guard Biden from getting COVID, The Washington Publish reported in Could. In accordance with the newspaper, anybody assembly with Biden, Harris, or their respective spouses should be examined for COVID first, and aides should additionally put on masks and keep greater than six toes away when assembly with Biden. “These are the additional protocols that we do take with the president and all of the principals, not simply him,” Jean-Pierre advised The Washington Publish.
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Regardless of earlier public exposures and all of the precautions in place, Biden did take a look at optimistic for COVID on July 21. However because it seems, the White Home nonetheless has no thought how he caught it. Throughout a July 22 interview on CNN’s New Day, White Home COVID response coordinator Ashish Jha, MD, stated that they at the moment “do not know a lot” about the place the president contracted the virus, however revealed that contact tracing is underway for any potential shut contacts.
On that entrance, Jean-Pierre stated that “per customary protocol for any optimistic case on the White Home,” the White Home Medical Unit will attain out to anybody who interacted with Biden within the days main as much as his optimistic take a look at, as they’d be thought of a detailed contact of his. In accordance with the press secretary, the president’s final take a look at for COVID was July 19, when he obtained a adverse take a look at end result. Each Harris and First Girl Jill Biden have every been deemed a “shut contact” of Biden’s, however the two have examined adverse for COVID since, per The New York Instances.
At 79 years previous, President Biden is at excessive danger for critical sickness due to his age. Mitigating his danger, nevertheless, is the truth that he was totally vaccinated and twice boosted when he examined optimistic for COVID, in response to Jean-Pierre. These in his administration have stated he’s persevering with to expertise a comparatively delicate an infection with delicate signs. “I obtained an replace final night time at 10 p.m. and he was doing simply advantageous,” Jha stated on New Day. “The signs had been mainly the identical—once more, he is obtained just a little runny nostril, he is obtained a little bit of a dry cough.”
The White Home stated that Biden has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral COVID tablet produced by Pfizer. On July 22, Doctor to the President Kevin O’Connor, DO, launched an announcement confirming that Biden had accomplished his first full day of the five-day Paxlovid course. “His signs have improved,” O’Connor wrote, additionally noting that the president developed a fever of 99.4 levels Fahrenheit on July 21, however that it “responded favorably” to Tylenol.
“His temperature has remained regular since then. His signs stay characterised as rhinorrhea [runny nose] and fatigue, with an occasional non-productive, now ‘free’ cough. His voice is deeper this morning. His pulse, blood strain, respiratory charge and oxygen saturation stay fully regular, on room air,” the doctor stated in his assertion. “The President is tolerating therapy nicely. We’ll proceed Paxlovid as deliberate.”