President Joe Biden’s Covid symptoms “continue to improve” after he ended his second full day of his treatment with the antiviral Paxlovid on Friday night, his doctor said on Saturday in a Letter.
“His primary symptoms, though less bothersome, now include sore throat, rhinorrhea, loose cough, and body aches,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor, White House Physician. “His voice stays low. Pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain completely normal. His oxygen saturation in room air is still excellent. His lungs remain free.”
Biden, 79, will continue Paxlovid as planned and his symptoms will continue to be managed “supportively” with oral hydration, Tylenol and an inhaler, which he uses as needed for a cough two to three times a day, O’Connor said. “He’s not short of breath at all. He will continue to take low-dose aspirin as an alternative type of blood thinner.”
The president tested positive for Covid on Thursday and is fully vaccinated and boosted twice, the White House said.
First Lady Jill Biden, who is at the couple’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, tested negative Saturday and has no symptoms, her spokesman Michael LaRosa said.
O’Connor said Saturday that preliminary sequencing results suggest the president’s causative agent is likely the Covid subvariant known as BA.5, which is now responsible for most coronavirus infections in the United States. This information does not affect Biden’s treatment plan, the doctor added.
The president had several virtual meetings scheduled for Friday, including his daily Secret Service briefing, a meeting with his economics team to discuss gas prices and a meeting with senior officials to discuss his legislative agenda, the White House said.
During the virtual briefing on gas prices, Biden sounded hoarse and cleared his throat several times as he discussed the fall in gas prices and next steps. “Let me start by apologizing for my voice, I feel a lot better than I sound,” he said.
Biden’s Twitter account shared a photo of the president at Friday night’s meeting and wrote, “Gas prices are falling at one of the fastest rates we’ve seen in over a decade – we’re not backing down on our work to bring costs down even more.” .”
Shannon Pettypiece contributed.
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