Aug. 7, 2022 – President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 for a second straight day on Sunday, clearing him to leave solitary confinement.
“This morning, the president’s SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was negative for the second day in a row,” Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, wrote in a memo.
“He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” O’Connor wrote.
Biden tested negative in an antigen test on Saturday but decided to remain isolated until a second negative test. After the results Sunday morning, he left the White House on Marine One to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Upon leaving, he told reporters he “felt great”, saying, “After 18 days, I’m cured!”
Biden had not left the White House since initially testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21. After taking a five-day course of Paxlovid, the antiviral drug made by Pfizer, he tested negative for several days and then tested positive again last Saturday. , indicating a rebound case. He isolated himself again.
During the isolation, Biden participated in events virtually from the residence of the White House. On a few occasions, he made socially distant remarks to a select group from the balcony of the Blue Room, announcing the strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Monday and chanting two bills to crack down on the COVID-19 relief fraud on Friday. .
There are currently no events on Biden’s public schedule for the weekend, according to CNN. He and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to spend Sunday in Rehoboth Beach and are expected to travel Monday to visit Kentucky after flooding in the eastern part of the state killed dozens of people and destroyed the area.
During Biden’s initial course of COVID-19, he experienced mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, fever and a cough, the White House previously reported. O’Connor prescribed the five-day course of Paxlovid for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in ages 12 and older who face higher risks of severe disease. During the rebound affair, Biden had a cough, O’Connor said in previous memos.
Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. He received his first two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before its inauguration in January 2021, followed by his first booster in September 2021 and his second booster in March.