Despite a persistent scratchy throat from his coronavirus infection, President Joe Biden continues to “progress significantly,” according to a doctor’s update on Sunday.
In his most recent report, Dr. Kevin O’Connor stated that “the president is responding to therapy as expected.” Biden has been taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medication that lowers the risk of developing a serious disease.
Although other symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose, and body aches, “have subsided dramatically,” according to O’Connor, Biden still has a sore throat.
On Thursday morning, a coronavirus test revealed that Biden was infected. O’Connor predicted on Saturday that the president most likely contracted the highly contagious BA.5 variant, which is spreading across the nation. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, confirmed this on Sunday.
Jha said on CBS’ “Face the Nation”: “Thank goodness our immunizations and medicines function well against it, which is why I think the president’s doing well.”
Jha also provided good news regarding the president’s health.
“Late last night, I checked in with his team. He was in good health. Yesterday was excellent for him, Jha stated.
That variety is a descendant of the late-2017-emerging omicron strain. It is thought to be in charge of causing the great majority of coronavirus cases in the nation. Since then, he has been secluding himself in the White House apartment.
Administration representatives have stressed that while he has had four vaccine doses and begun taking the antiviral medication Paxlovid after contracting the infection, his symptoms are minimal.
Jha promised that the White House would continue to provide updates on the president’s health and any potential long-term negative effects.
We believe that the American people must understand how their president is performing, he said.
“We will inform the American people early and frequently if he experiences lasting symptoms or if any of them limit his capacity to perform his duties. But I think this COVID course will be similar to what we’ve observed in many Americans who have received double boosters and full vaccinations and are being treated with these methods, Jha added. The president has been performing well, and we may anticipate that he will keep doing so.
According to Biden’s press secretary, 17 people—including top staff members of the president and at least one member of Congress—were found to have been near Biden while he may have been contagious. Jha stated on “Fox News Sunday” that so far, none had tested positive.