Joe Biden, the President of the United States, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and is being isolated in the Oval Office.
According to a press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, the 79-year-old is having “quite slight symptoms” but will continue to do all of his tasks. Her statement went on to say that the president is now taking the antiviral medication Paxlovid.
Vice President Joe Biden tweeted that he was doing “fine” and “busy.” Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, announced she had been cleared of any wrongdoing.
While the president remains isolated until he tests negative, Ms. Jean-Pierre said he would participate in meetings by phone or Zoom. This is consistent with the White House procedure.
Dr Ashish Jha, the White House Covid coordinator, said the president was exhausted, with a runny nose and a dry cough. Although Mr Biden had a good evening, he had trouble sleeping that night and tested positive the following day.
The most recent Covid test for Mr Biden, who will be 80 this year and is the oldest president in US history, came back negative on Tuesday, according to the White House.
The president was immunised and had had two booster shots, according to Mr Biden’s doctor Kevin O’Connor, who also noted that the president’s early usage of Paxlovid offered “extra protection against severe illness.”
During his most recent medical check in November, Dr O’Connor determined that Mr Biden was “fit for duty” and that he was “healthy” and “vigorous.”
As the epidemic has developed, medical professionals have gained a better understanding of who is most likely to get critically sick if they contract Covid and what kind of treatment they need.
As a general rule, the older you are, the more likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke. Although he is wholly immunized, doctors are aware that Mr Biden’s advanced age puts him at an increased risk of contracting severe Covid.
This medication is often prescribed exclusively to patients with a greater risk of developing an exceedingly severe illness. You may expect him to receive a Rolls-Royce treatment, but he is the president.
To prevent the Covid virus from spreading throughout the body, Paxlovid is an antiviral medication. In this way, the body’s immune system can focus on battling the illness while virus levels remain low.
It’s a two-part therapy or pill regimen. The patient usually takes Ritonavir and nirmatrelvir twice a day for five days.
Visiting North Carolina for an abortion rights rally, US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to speak later.
The White House verified that Ms Harris’ test results were negative when she contracted Covid back in April.
She would be granted presidential authority if Mr Biden became sick and couldn’t perform his responsibilities. This occurred briefly in November when Mr Biden had a routine health examination under deep anaesthesia.
President Donald Trump had to be brought to the hospital in October 2020 after getting Covid in office, making Mr Biden not the first US president have the illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 89.7 million Covid cases in the US and more than one million fatalities (CDC).
According to the CDC, the number of cases in the United States has increased by more than 25% in the previous month.