'Paxlovid': That's the one-word advice Joe Biden gave fellow Delawarean Sen. Tom Carper when he got COVID-19

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Sen. Tom Carper and then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2009.Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
  • President Joe Biden offered his friend, Sen. Tom Carper, medical advice after they both got COVID.

  • The Delaware Democrat said Biden told him to take Paxlovid.

  • Biden got a "rebound" case, but Carper said he "never felt bad and I give Dr. Biden some of the credit."

President Joe Biden called fellow Delaware Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper, with some medical advice after learning he tested positive for COVID-19.

"He said 'Just one word of advice,'" Carper said, recounting the conversation to Insider. "He said, 'Paxlovid.'"

Biden and Carper tested positive a day apart last month and Biden, who is vaccinated and twice boosted, started taking the antiviral drug the same day. Biden got a "rebound" case, which happens with some patients treated with Paxlovid. He left isolation on Sunday.

But Carper, 75, who has also had his shots, said he got a prescription that night and the advice worked. "I worked out every day and felt great throughout the whole time," he said. "I still feel great."

The two were not considered a "close contact," and their COVID chat apparently got pretty wonky from there, with Carper filling in Biden on his negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, on a methane reduction program.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for her part, said she spent her COVID quarantine watching "Bridgerton" on Netflix and raising money.

But Carper says it was a helpful talk.

"I never felt bad and I give Dr. Biden some of the credit," he said.

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