Wednesday, September 28, 2022

President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday, three days after he was medically cleared to come out of isolation, the White House said. In a rare case of withdrawal. Treatment with antivirals.

White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden “has not experienced a re-emergence of symptoms and is feeling very well.” O’Connor said there is “no reason to restart treatment at this time.”

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its abbreviation in English), Biden will return to isolation for at least five days and remain in the White House until he tests negative. The agency indicated that most cases of return of the infection are mild and no severe symptoms have been reported during that period.

News of Biden’s positive test – he had tested negative on Friday morning – came two hours after the White House announced the president’s visit to Michigan on Tuesday to pass a law to boost domestic high-end manufacturing . Technology. Biden was also scheduled to visit her home in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday morning, where the first lady is staying while the president is in self-isolation. Both trips have now been canceled with Biden returning to isolation.

Biden, 79, was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid after the first tested positive on July 21 and negative on Tuesday and Wednesday. They got permission to leave the isolation, with instructions to wear masks inside the house. His new positive result places him among the minority of people treated with the drug who have experienced a return of the virus.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told reporters on Monday that data shows “5-8% of people recover” after PaxLovid treatment.

“Recognizing the potential for so-called ‘rebound’ COVID positivity in a small percentage of PaxLovid-treated patients, the President increased his testing cadence to protect those around him and to detect any return of COVID-19 early . Viral. Replication,” O’Connor wrote in his letter.

O’Connor referred to negative tests for Biden from Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning before a positive antigen test result on Saturday morning.

“This, in fact, represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” he wrote.

According to the CDC, people experiencing a relapse of COVID should self-isolate for at least five days if the fever resolves on its own without medication within a 24-hour period. and the symptoms have subsided, the lockdown should end. The patient “should wear a mask for a total of 10 days after rebound symptoms begin. Some people continue to test positive after day 10, but the chances of transmitting the infectious virus are very low.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Pfizer say that between 1% and 2% of people in the initial study with Pfizer’s Paxlovid had increased levels of the virus after 10 days. According to the FDA, this rate was similar among people who took the drug and those who got a placebo, “so it’s not clear whether it’s related to treatment.”

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