President Joe Biden likely has Covid-19 BA.5 variant; symptoms improving

President Joe Biden, who tested positive today for Covid-19 this morning, posts on Twitter « 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. »

Courtesy: White House

President Joe Biden likely has the BA.5 Covid-19 variant but his symptoms « continue to improve, » according to the White House.

« His primary symptoms, though less troublesome, now include sore throat, rhinorrhea, loose cough and body aches, » White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a memorandum on Saturday.

The president on Friday completed his second full day of Pfizer’s Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that can reduce the risk of hospitalization for Covid-19 patients, O’Connor said.

While the president is responding to the therapy « as expected, » he has likely contracted the Covid-19 BA.5 variant, which is currently responsible for 70% to 85% of US infections.

Biden, who is fully vaccinated and received two booster shots, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday and has reported « very mild symptoms. »

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