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Biden feels good but remains isolated after COVID rebound

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U.S. President Joe Biden is feeling well and continuing his isolation measures after testing positive for COVID-19 again, his doctor said in a statement released by the White House on Sunday.

Biden tested positive for COVID again on Saturday in what the White House physician described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

“Given his rebound positivity that we reported yesterday, we are continuing daily monitoring. This morning, as expected, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen test remained positive,” said physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, in the statement.

Biden first tested positive for COVID on July 21 and has previously described his experience with the coronavirus as mild, saying he was able to continue working while in isolation and attributed his relative ease with the disease to vaccines and other treatments. Biden, 79, had initially come out of COVID isolation on Wednesday when he tested negative.

After testing positive again, the president had to cancel some trips and events to celebrate recent legislative victories and help boost his poll positions. A small but significant percentage of people taking Paxlovid will experience a relapse or rebound that occurs days after the five-day treatment cycle ends, studies have shown.

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