President Joe Biden, 79, said Thursday that he’s tested positive for Covid-19 and has mild symptoms. “I guess you heard, this morning I tested positive for Covid. But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild and I really appreciate your inquires and concerns. But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done and in the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith. It’s gonna be OK,” Biden confessed in a video posted on Twitter. Biden isolated and is “working and resting” over the phone and on video conference at the White House residence.
Biden has begun taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid. The President’s symptoms include “rhinorreha (or ‘runny nose’) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough. Due to his age, Biden is at an increased risk for a more severe case of Covid-19. he President’s positive diagnosis comes less than a week after a swing through the Middle East, where he held meetings with world leaders in Israel and Saudi Arabia. The White House is currently working on contact tracing for those who may have been close contacts of Biden.Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden tested negative on Thursday. Harris, identified as a close contact of Biden, is expected to keep her normal schedule. Biden will not travel to Orlando and Tampa, Florida, on Monday. More than 1 million people have died of Covid-19 in America since the pandemic began.