Biden continues to check optimistic, ‘dry cough returns’: Physician

President Joe Biden again tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday but is feeling “well,” according to a memo from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician.

“The President continues to feel well, although he is having a slight return of his cough. He remains fever-free and in good spirits. His temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation. She’s still completely normal, O’Connor wrote.

O’Connor added that Biden “will continue his strict isolation measures” and “will continue to conduct the business of the American people from the Executive Building.”

Biden initially tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. His symptoms at the time were believed to be a runny nose, cough, sore throat, low-grade fever, and body aches.

He was treated with Paxlovid and tested negative last Wednesday before coming out of isolation.

However, he tested positive again on Saturday in a case of so-called recurrent infections, which can occur when the patient is taking Paxlovid.

High-risk patients still face a significantly reduced risk of hospitalization after taking Paxlovid.

O’Connor’s memo on Tuesday marked the first time he’s documented the reappearance of symptoms from a recovered case.

Biden had six close contacts before testing positive for COVID a second time, although White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday no one had tested positive.

It remains unclear how long Biden will be able to leave the White House to make some of the planned trips.

Jean-Pierre noted Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to issue any guidance regarding travel after the infection recurs.

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