Joe Biden’s ‘symptoms continue to improve significantly,’ White House doctor says after president’s Covid diagnosis

Biden’s “predominant symptom is now a sore throat,” writes Dr. Kevin O’Connor, which he attributes as likely due to “lymphoid activation as his body clears the virus,” calling the development “encouraging “.

Other symptoms, including rhinorrhea (runny noise), cough and body aches “have decreased significantly,” O’Connor said, while pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature all remain normal.

According to O’Connor, Biden will continue to be treated with Paxlovid, with symptoms being “supplementally treated” with oral hydration, Tylenol and the albuterol inhaler “as needed for an occasional cough.” Biden will continue to self-isolate in accordance with recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, also weighed in on Biden’s condition on Sunday, telling Fox he had received his latest update from the president’s medical team the next day. previous night and that Biden had had a “good day”.

“I got in touch with his team last night. That’s when I got my last update. He had a good day, worked a bit, rested a bit , finally listened to some of us on the advice to rest. And like last night, he felt great,” he said.

Jha said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he suspects Biden’s case “is going to be a course of Covid that we’ve seen in many Americans who have been fully vaccinated, double-boosted, treated with these tools in hand.”

“You know, the president is fine, and we’re going to expect him to continue to be,” he told the outlet.

Jha also agreed Sunday to be transparent with the American people if Biden endures long, debilitating Covid-19 or post-Covid conditions, though he downplayed the likelihood that Biden will have them.

“Absolutely,” Jha told CBS when asked if the White House would continue to disclose if he had long-term symptoms.

“We think it’s really important for the American people to know how well the president is doing, which is why we’ve been so transparent, giving updates multiple times a day,” he said. . “If he has any persistent symptoms, obviously if any of them interfere with his ability to perform his duties, we will disclose it early and often to the American people.”

The CDC defines long Covid as health conditions that last four weeks or more after a Covid-19 infection. The World Health Organization definition adds that the symptoms must not be explainable by another diagnosis.

This story was updated with additional details on Sunday.

CNN’s Jen Christensen and Devan Cole contributed to this report.

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