Kevin O'Connor, physician to the president, wrote in the memo that Biden's symptoms "continue to improve." Though "less troublesome," O'Connor said Biden's symptoms now include a sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and body aches. The president will continue with his treatment of the antiviral drug Paxlovid.
"He is experiencing no shortness of breath at all," O'Connor's memo said.
Biden, 79, tested positive for the virus on Thursday. He will continue to work and isolate at the White House until he tests negative, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Biden has no public events on his schedule Saturday and Sunday.
In a video address posted to social media Thursday afternoon, Biden reassured the nation that he’s doing well and still getting work done.
“Hey folks, guess you heard. This morning I tested positive for COVID,” Biden said in the 21-second video. “But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild.”
“In the meantime, thanks for your concern,” the president added. “And keep the faith. It’s going to be OK.”
Contributing: Maureen Groppe
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