President Joe Biden, despite being fully vaccinated and getting undoubtedly the best medical care available, has now tested positive for COVID-19 for seven straight days.
The White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, wrote a public memo Friday morning saying Biden’s “SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing remained positive.”
He said that even though yet another test came back positive, the president’s cough is “almost completely resolved.”
What the medical community called a “rebound” infection is apparently possible for those treated with the antiviral Paxlovid. This, however, is worrisome for the 79-year-old president.
Biden first tested positive on July 21, less than four days after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia. The White House has gone to lengths to dispel speculation about where and how he contracted coronavirus.
Biden was able to end his isolation last week after back-to-back negative results on Tuesday and Wednesday. That changed for the twice-vaccinated and twice-boosted Democrat when he returned another positive test on Saturday, July 30.
He spent three days engaged in in-person meetings and events at the White House until the July 30 test.
That meant the commander-in-chief was back in isolation, though he and his aides continue to say he is on the job.
Before the positive test came back Friday, the White House announced that the president would be touring flood-stricken parts of Kentucky. That is likely on hold as the administration has repeatedly declared that he needs to test negative again to be brought out of quarantine.
BREAKING: Biden continues to test positive for COVID pic.twitter.com/4Jxe5eJkCQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 5, 2022
Besides the Monday trip to Kentucky that is threatened by Biden’s continued isolation, there is also a Rose Garden bill-signing scheduled for Wednesday. The event is to celebrate an increase in funding for veteran’s disability programs and care associated with toxic smoke inhalation.
Interestingly, the White House barred Dr. O’Connor from fielding reporters’ questions since the first positive test on July 21. The reasoning was that Biden is not sick enough to warrant such transparency.
O’Connor had not been short on details about the 79-year-old Biden’s condition, even without facing the press. He said Friday the oldest American president in history had a normal temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and lung function. But still, no questions answered.