President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, White House Confirms

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The White House has confirmed President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. He is currently experiencing “very mild symptoms.”

The news was confirmed by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a statement. Biden will isolate at the White House, and is expected to “carry out all of his duties fully during that time.” He’s been vaccinated and boosted twice, and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medicine that stops the novel coronavirus from growing and spreading in the body.

Per CDC guidance, Biden will work from isolation until he tests negative. The White House will also provide daily updates on Biden’s status. He last tested negative on Tuesday. As the Associated Press reported, First Lady Jill Biden spoke with reporters on Thursday and confirmed that she had spoken with her husband, who is “doing fine” and “feeling good.” She noted that she tested negative earlier in the day.

Biden’s positive test comes not long after the White House issued a correction following the president appearing to suggest he has cancer. As the Telegraph reported, officials said he misspoke and intended to refer to his prior treatment for skin cancer before he became president.

Recently, a poll showed that roughly 64 percent of Democratic voters nationwide would rather see the 79-year-old step aside for a new crop of presidential nominees in the 2024 presidential election. Voters as a whole have given Biden a staggeringly low 33 percent approval rating, and only 13 percent of registered voters said they feel the country is on “the right track.”

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