Biden’s symptoms ‘significantly’ improving after COVID-19 infection, will continue self-isolating, doctor says

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President Joe Biden’s “symptoms continue to improve significantly” following his COVID-19 infection last week, the president’s doctor said in a written update on Sunday.

Biden completed his third full day of Paxlovid, an antiviral drug that helps reduce the risk of serious illness, on Saturday night, the president’s doctor Kevin O’Connor said.

“His predominant symptom now is sore throat,” O’Connor said. “It’s most likely the result of lymphoid activation when his body clears the virus, so that’s encouraging. His runny nose, cough and body aches have gone down significantly.”

O’Connor said that while the president’s voice remains “a little shallow,” Biden’s pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature all remain normal, and he has no shortness of breath. Biden’s oxygen saturation continues to be “excellent” on room air, according to the doctor, and his lungs remain clear.

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On Friday, President Biden virtually attends a meeting with his economics team in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington.
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On Friday, President Biden virtually attends a meeting with his economics team in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington.
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“The president continues to tolerate treatment well,” O’Connor said, adding that Biden will continue to take Paxlovid as planned while remaining isolated.

“As I previously stated, the BA.5 variant is particularly transmissible and he will continue to self-isolate in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” O’Connor said. “We will continue to monitor him closely, during this very routine outpatient treatment regimen.”

Biden tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday morning. O’Connor said on Saturday that the president was likely infected with a highly contagious variant, known as BA.5, which is spreading across the country, and Dr. Ashish Jha, the COVID-19 response coordinator of the White House, said Sunday: “It is the BA.5 variant.”

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This variant is an offshoot of the omicron strain that appeared late last year. It is thought to be responsible for the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the country. He has since isolated himself in the White House residence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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