US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he’s “feeling better every day” as he recovers from COVID-19.
After participating in a virtual meeting to talk about computer chip manufacturing, Biden said “everything’s on the button” with the medical tests he’s been receiving each evening, according to The Associated Press.
He also said he has been sleeping better, joking that his dog had to wake him up Monday, the fourth day of Biden’s COVID isolation.
“My wife’s not here, she usually takes him out,” Biden said. Shortly before 7:00 a.m., he said, he felt “the nuzzle of my dog’s nose against my chest.”
The President said his voice remained raspy and said he still had nasal congestion, but he’s on his way “to fully recovered, God willing.”
“I’m not keeping the same hours, but I’m meeting all my requirements that have come before me,” he added.
Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning. His physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said Saturday that the president likely became infected with a highly contagious variant, known as BA.5, that is spreading throughout the country.
On Sunday, O’Connor said Biden continues to “improve significantly” despite a lingering sore throat from his coronavirus infection.
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.