Joe Biden continued to test positive for coronavirus on Sunday and will “continue his strict isolation measures,” his doctor said.
The US president is feeling good, the White House said. Biden tweeted about the economy and about regretting that I could not meet in person to sympathize with military veterans and their families who visited Capitol Hill in support of a long-awaited bipartisan bill that would expand access to health care for those exposed to toxic burns.
Some Republican senators had withdrawn their support for the legislation at the last minute.
Biden tweeted a video of himself sitting outside the White House on a green couch, wearing a blue open-neck shirt and baseball cap with the presidential seal while video chatting with the families gathered on the stairs leading to the US Congress and having pizza sent to them.
The President on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 just days after a negative test and apparently largely shrugged off infection with the virus.
His doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said on Sunday that Biden is being monitored daily and that his positive test that morning was not surprising.
The president had originally contracted Covid and tested positive on July 21, but had apparently recovered by then.
But Biden had taken the antiviral medication Paxlovid, which has reported numerous cases of effectively reducing Covid’s viral load, only to return once the medication is stopped.
In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Biden, 79, was again in isolation for at least five days on Saturday. The agency says most “rebound” cases remain mild and no serious illness has been reported during that time.
Paxlovid has been proven to significantly reduce severe morbidity and mortality in those most vulnerable to severe Covid.
Biden is fully vaccinated, having received two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine shortly before taking office, an initial booster shot in September and an additional dose on March 30.
The positive weekend tests jeopardize a Tuesday trip Biden had planned to Michigan, which is holding its hotly contested primary that day.