Joe Biden Covid-19 Update: Has the President Recovered From Coronavirus?

The White House announced on Thursday, July 21, that President Joe Biden had tested positive for Covid-19.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, stated that the president—who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted— was experiencing "very mild symptoms" and had begun taking Paxlovid as a treatment.

Jean-Pierre added that he was following CDC guidelines and "will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time".

This is the first time that the president has tested positive for COVID.

Has the President Recovered From Coronavirus?

Biden, 79, is taking Paxlovid to help treat his coronavirus infection, which is a course of antiviral pills.

He released a video on Instagram, which you can see below :

In the video, the 46th president of the United States says that his "symptoms are mild" and he really "appreciates your inquiries and concerns". On his condition, he adds that he is "doing well and getting a lot of work done".

According to USNews, on Friday, July 22, Ashish Jha, White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters that "the president is doing better" and that "he was, he is, in a very good mood".

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, told CBS News on Saturday that Biden was "doing really quite well".

The White House issued a letter on Sunday from Kevin O'Connor, physician to the president, explaining that Biden's symptoms were improving significantly and that "his predominant symptom now is a sore throat".

In an update on Monday, O'Connor said Biden's symptoms "have now almost completely resolved. When questioned, at this point he only notes some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness".

These are the latest updates we have on Biden's condition, so for now the president has not fully recovered, but is on his way to doing so.

Does Joe Biden Have the BA.5 Variant of Omicron?

Yes, according to the letter issued by the White House, the commander-in-chief contracted the BA.5 variant.

This subvariant is currently the dominant strain of COVID-19, and is extremely contagious. It's responsible for 75-80 percent of coronavirus infections in the U.S.

A study shows that this variant is up to four times more resistant to vaccines than previous strains. Biden received his second booster vaccine in March 2022.

Currently, the White House is working on contact tracing for those who may have been in close contact with Biden. This includes journalists who may have interacted with him throughout his travels on Wednesday, July 20 and members of Congress too.

Due to his diagnosis, his scheduled flight to Pennsylvania to speak on gun violence was canceled, and he remains in isolation.

Joe Biden participates in virtual meeting
President Joe Biden participating in a virtual meeting with his economic team, on Friday, July 22nd. Gettyimages