Biden Receives Therapy with Paxlovid Despite Having Moderate COVID Symptoms

Joe Biden Having Paxlovid
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The White House announced on Thursday that Joe Biden, the oldest person to ever hold the office of president of the United States, has tested positive for COVID-19. He is exhibiting minor symptoms and will continue working, albeit in isolation.

According to a report from White House physician Kevin O’Connor that was made d an infrequent dry cough that started late on Wednesday. According to O’Connor, Biden has started taking the antiviral medication Paxlovid.

His symptoms are extremely modest, and he has received two booster shots, according to a statement from press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

She stated, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Consistent with CDC protocols, he will isolate in the White House and will continue to carry out all of his responsibilities completely during that period.”

According to Jean-Pierre, the White House will publish a daily report on the president’s health.

Significant obstacles are being faced by Biden’s government, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine and skyrocketing prices. In the last year, his popularity has declined dramatically. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on Tuesday found that 36% of Americans are satisfied with his performance at work.

A number of key officials in Washington, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other members of Biden’s team have recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Since then, everyone has tested negative and is back to work.

Following news of the president’s illness, U.S. markets temporarily began to decline, with the S&P 500 (.SPX) falling around 0.5 percent during the next 10 minutes. The index swiftly recovered from the setback, returning to almost the unaltered level for the day by mid-morning.

The virus is still spreading even though many Americans have abandoned the stringent measures of the pandemic’s early months, going back to work and school, and engaging in summer travel again.

CDC statistics show that since the fast spreading BA.5 subvariant took root, cases have increased in the United States by more than 25%.

Since at least early July, BA.5 has become the predominant subvariant in the United States and has been the primary cause of an increase in new infections around the globe. It does this by eluding the immune protection provided by either vaccination or past infection.

According to the White House, Biden undergoes routine illness testing, and everybody who travels or interacts with him is also examined. Tuesday was Biden’s most recent negative test.

The Pfizer Inc. antiviral medication Paxlovid, which Biden is taking, has been found to significantly lower the risk of severe illness in high-risk individuals when administered during the first five days of infection.

However, Paxlovid has sometimes been linked to rebound infections, in which patients have a rapid improvement and test negative after a five-day course of the medication, but then experience their symptoms again a few days later.

In an interview this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that he received a second treatment of Paxlovid after experiencing a rebound illness four days after finishing his first dose.

Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor in the White House, acquired COVID-19 and spent three nights in the hospital in October 2020.

Biden had his second booster injection in March and is completely immunized. An unvaccinated 65-year-old or older has a 10-fold greater chance than vaccinated individuals of being hospitalized after catching COVID-19.

Contrary to Trump, Biden often donned a mask while out in public during periods of high case numbers and before receiving vaccinations.

In addition, he instituted stringent COVID-19 safety procedures at the White House, encouraged Americans to treat the virus seriously, and pushed for universal vaccination.

The White House removed the mask requirement before to Biden’s State of the Union Address on March 1, and Biden has since ceased using a mask at public engagements.

Since the COVID epidemic began in early 2020, a number of other international leaders, including Biden, have also developed the illness.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, and Albert II, the prince of Monaco, are among them. Everyone has recovered.

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