US President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms have “improved” but he ran a 99.4 degree temperature on Thursday evening, his physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a memorandum published on Friday and quoted by The Hill.
O’Connor said that Biden’s temperature has returned to normal after Biden took Tylenol and that the President continues to experience a runny nose, fatigue and an occasional cough.
“His voice is deeper this morning. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain entirely normal, on room air,” O’Connor wrote.
The physician said that Biden is tolerating the antiviral Paxlovid “well” and that he would continue the course as planned. O’Connor said Biden would continue to drink water, take Tylenol and use his inhaler as needed.
The letter is the first update from Biden’s physician since Thursday, when the White House announced that Biden had tested positive for COVID-19.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the president is "experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid."
Biden "will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time," Jean-Pierre added. "He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence."
Biden has been fully vaccinated and received two booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
On Friday morning, the president’s Twitter account published a photo of him, taken the day before and wearing a mask and a suit, signing a bill to address the baby formula shortage.
Several top US officials have tested positive for the virus in recent months. In June, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield tested positive for the virus.
Earlier that week, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tested positive for COVID-19. A National Security Council spokesperson said Sullivan is asymptomatic and he has not been in close contact with the President.
The previous month, US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19, but he too was not considered a close contact of President Biden.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks before that and was said to be experiencing only mild symptoms.
A week earlier, Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the virus. Several days later, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield also tested positive for the virus and said she was only experiencing mild symptoms.
In late September, State Department spokesperson Ned Price tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms.
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