Biden says he’s ‘feeling great’ as Covid symptoms start to fade

“I got two full nights of sleep throughout,” he told reporters, who asked him questions virtually after taking part in an event via videoconference from the White House residence.

“Actually my dog ​​must have woke me up this morning,” he continued, giving insight into his Covid isolation. “My wife isn’t there, she usually takes it in the morning while I practice upstairs, so I felt that dog’s nose against my chest around five to seven.”

“I feel good, my voice is still hoarse,” he continued.

Earlier Monday, Biden’s doctor said his symptoms had “almost completely resolved” after five days of illness.

“When questioned, at this point he notes only residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter revealing his status.

It was an improvement from the weekend, when O’Connor said Biden suffered from a sore throat, body aches and a wet cough. Seen participating in a virtual meeting on Friday, Biden cleared his throat several times and had a marked raspy voice.

The rasp hadn’t fully faded on Monday, though Biden assured reporters that was “normal.”

The president said he participates in a battery of tests every night, checking “everything from the temperature to the oxygen in my blood to my pulse.”

“So far so good, I mean everything is on the button,” he said.

O’Connor said in his letter that Biden’s pulse, respiratory rate and temperature were normal — as they remained throughout his illness, according to his doctor — and that his oxygen saturation was “excellent” at the time. ‘ambiant air. He has no shortness of breath, O’Connor said.

Biden tested positive for Covid last Thursday and has weathered the disease from the White House residence. He has canceled plans to travel to Florida this week, but will participate in virtual events on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, the president was careful to note that he was “keeping a full schedule” while self-isolating, including “four major events today”.

“I don’t keep the same schedules, but you know, I meet all my requirements that came before me, and we also make decisions on a whole range of other matters,” he said.

Inside his residence, Biden spoke to advisers by phone and held video meetings. But his wife, who tested negative for Covid again on Monday, was away from their home in Delaware and staff inside the building were reduced to limit exposure.

Biden, 79, is “especially diligent” about protecting residence staff, White House officials and Secret Service personnel from the virus, which has been determined to be the highly transmissible BA.5 variant, wrote O’Connor in his letter. BA.5 is now the predominant strain of the virus in the United States.

Another doctor, Covid response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha, was due to brief reporters on Biden’s condition later Monday. Jha did not address the president directly, but spoke to him during his illness.

O’Connor has yet to speak directly with reporters about the president’s condition, and the White House has not provided details about Biden’s illness beyond O’Connor’s daily memos.

The White House sought to point out that Biden’s symptoms were mild because he is vaccinated and boosted, and he started antiviral treatment Paxlovid as soon as he tested positive. O’Connor said in his letter that Biden completed his fourth full day of Paxlovid on Sunday.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was considered a close contact of Biden last week, tested negative for Covid on Monday before heading to Indiana for an event focused on abortion access.

This story has been updated with additional reports and information.

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