President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 – Opinion

According to the White House, President Joe Biden had tested positive for COVID-19 in his morning test on Thursday.

The White House said that he is experiencing “very mild symptoms” and he “has begun taking Paxlovid.”

They added that the 79-year-old will be continuing his work as president in isolation and that he will return to in-person work “once he tests negative”:

Today, President Biden was tested for COVID-19.  Biden is 100% vaccinated, twice boosted, and has very mild symptoms.  He has begun taking Paxlovid. He will be kept in isolation at the White House, as per CDC guidelines. However, he will still carry out his duties completely during this time.  He is in touch with White House staff via telephone this morning and will attend his scheduled meetings at the White House today via Zoom and phone from his residence.

In accordance with White House Protocol for Positive COVID Cases, which is above and beyond CDC guidelines, he will keep working in isolation until he tests positive.  After he is negative for COVID, he can return to work in person.

Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.

Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel.  The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.

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