The tone is reassuring. Forty-eight hours after a new positive test for Covid-19, US President Joe Biden is doing well and continues to manage the affairs of the country from the White House, his personal doctor announced on Monday.
The 79-year-old Democrat, who remains confined, is “very attentive to the protection” of those around him, said Dr. Kevin O’Connor in a letter made public by the presidency.
A first positive test on July 21
Joe Biden had tested positive on July 21 with “very mild symptoms” and was released from confinement on Wednesday after testing negative. But he had again tested positive on Saturday, a “rebound” of possible positivity in patients treated, like him, with Paxlovid.
This antiviral treatment from the Pfizer laboratory works by reducing the ability of the virus to replicate, thus slowing the progression of the disease. It is recommended in the United States for people at risk of developing a severe case of the disease, a category in which the American president falls due to his age.