President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has had ‘very mild’ symptoms

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President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has had 'very mild' symptoms

U.S. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, but has experienced only “very mild” symptoms, the White House said. Biden had been scheduled to fly to Pennsylvania on Thursday. Photo by Saudi press Agency / UPI | License Photo

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Thursday — also noting that his symptoms have been “mild.”

Since taking office in January 2021, Biden has tested for COVID-19 regularly but has never turned up a positive result before.

“This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms.”

“He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” she added.

The White House said Biden has been in contact with staffers by phone and will participate in planned meetings via phone and web meetings. He will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative, per CDC guidance.

“Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the president’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation,” Jean-Pierre added.

“The president’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.”

Jean-Pierre did not specifically say that the test result would cancel Biden’s trip to Pennsylvania scheduled for Thursday, but it likely will be postponed.

Biden is the second consecutive U.S. president to test positive for COVID-19. Then-President Donald Trump tested positive in October 2020 just before the presidential election and he spent several days in the hospital.

COVID-19 can be particularly threatening to people of advanced age, such as the 79-year-old Biden. Officials noted that he is fully vaccinated and twice boosted.

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