US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is showing mild symptoms, the White House said.
“This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House,” the statement read.
The White House added that the 79-year-old president will carry out all of his duties fully during his isolation and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House via phone and video conference from the residence.
Biden will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.
Biden tweeted a picture of himself working and said he's “doing great” and “keeping busy.”
Folks, I'm doing great. Thanks for your concern. Just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my Scranton cousins!) to send my regrets for missing our event today.— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2022
Keeping busy! pic.twitter.com/uf7AsOg571
Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said in a letter that Biden is experiencing mild symptoms, mostly rhinorrhea (runny nose) and “fatigue, with an occasional dry cough, which started yesterday evening.”
O’connor added that he expects Biden to “respond favorably” to the Pfizer medication Paxlovid.