Biden tests negative after COVID-19 rebound case

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President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, a week after he first tested positive with a “rebound” case of the virus.

White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden is “still feeling very well,” but he will not leave his isolation until he has a second negative test.

“In an abundance of caution, the president will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described,” O’Connor wrote.

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Biden first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and at one point had some symptoms, including coughing, body aches and a slightly elevated temperature. After taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, Biden tested negative five days after his first positive test.

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But just days after leaving isolation, the president tested positive again last Saturday in what has been described as a “rebound” case, a phenomenon that has been seen in some who take Paxlovid. Biden has been in isolation at the White House for the past week, although O’Connor has indicated in daily updates that the president has experienced no recurrence of symptoms other than a mild cough.

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Biden is scheduled to travel with the first lady to Kentucky on Monday to explore flood damage in the eastern part of the state, pending a second negative test.

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