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Biden now nearly symptom-free, doctor says

WASHINGTON — Updated vaccinations and a powerful treatment have combined to help President Biden fight the coronavirus, his personal doctor said Monday.

“Her symptoms have now almost completely resolved,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in the latest of his daily updates on Biden’s health. “When asked, at this point he only notices some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness.”

Biden is likely to continue testing positive for the coronavirus for several more days. And she will wear a mask in public after he ends his five-day isolation period on Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it says in its COVID-19 guide that masks must be worn for five days after the end of isolation.

The president was infected with the highly transmissible BA.5 subvariant of the Omicron strain of coronavirus. Most likely he was infected early last week or perhaps when he was leaving the Middle East the week before. And most likely, he infected someone else a couple of days after the first symptoms appeared, that is, at the end of last week.

President Biden on July 22. (White House via Twitter)

Biden’s progress indicates that vaccines and therapies are effective in preventing serious and critical illness. He is vaccinated and has received two booster shots. And learning last Thursday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, he started treatment with Paxlovid, a powerful drug that keeps patients out of the hospital if taken soon after an infection has been confirmed.

“The President continues to tolerate the treatment well,” O’Connor wrote. “We will continue PAXLOVID as planned.” He added that the president’s breathing rate and blood oxygen level are among several factors that show he has completely avoided any of the serious harm that COVID-19 can cause, particularly in older people.

Biden had planned to spend the weekend at his beach house in Delaware, but instead stayed in Washington as the city simmered under a heat wave. It is unclear when she will travel again.

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