Biden tests positive for COVID AGAIN and goes back into White House isolation – Daily Mail

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President Joe Biden says he’s ‘feeling fine’ after he joined the growing number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 days after finishing their course of Paxlovid, a powerful anti-viral treatment.
At least one prominent physician has warned that up to 40 percent of those who take a course of Paxlovid, end up testing positive for the virus again within 30 days. 
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a prominent cardiologist and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University Hospital, tweeted: ‘I think this was predictable.’ 
The doctor continued: ‘The prior data suggesting ‘rebound’ Paxlovid positivity in the low single digits is outdates and with BA.5 is likely 20-40% or even higher.’ 
Some experts have said that the current treatment cycle of taking three pills twice a day for five days is too short a time period to clear Covid from the patient’s body.  
About an hour announcing he had tested positive for COVID again, President Joe Biden tweeted a post featuring an image of himself wearing a black mask while signing a declaration to ‘expedite support to flooding survivors’ in Kentucky 
In a memo released on Saturday, Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said the president is experiencing no new symptoms and ‘continues to feel quite well.’ 
O’Connor had warned of the possibility of a testing ‘rebound,’ which could occur on a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, used the antiviral medication Paxlovid as part of their treatment against COVID.  
On Saturday afternoon, Biden, 79, tweeted: ‘Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks.
‘I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me.
‘I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.’
Later in the afternoon, he posted a 12-second video ‘quick update’ on his condition, delivered from the White House with his dog, Commander, sitting near him. And I’m feel fine, everything’s good. But Commander and I got a little work to do. 
‘Hey folks, Joe Biden here,’ the President says in the video. ‘Tested positive this morning. Going to be working from home for the next couple days. And I’m feeling fine too, everything’s good. But Commander and I got a little work to do.’ 
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, has denied that the Paxlovid rebound numbers are nearly 50 percent. 
The doctor maintained that the actual percentage of reinfections is ‘in the single digits.’
Dr. Jha said: ‘When people have rebound, they don’t end up in the hospital. They don’t end up particularly sick,’ according to the New York Times.  
He added: ‘Paxlovid is working really well at preventing serious illness, rebound or no rebound, and that’s why he was offered it. And that’s why the president took it.’ 
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Biden also tweeted an image of himself wearing a black mask, looking directly at the camera, while signing a declaration to ‘expedite support to flooding survivors’ in Kentucky.
At least 25 people have died — including four children — in the devastating floods unleashed by torrential rainfall that swept through homes, washed out roads and pushed rivers over their banks, authorities said.
‘I’m taking more action to help the families being displaced and lives lost due to the flooding in Kentucky. Today, I added Individual Assistance to the Major Disaster declaration I approved to expedite support to flooding survivors,’ the President tweeted. 
‘Today, I added Individual Assistance to the Major Disaster declaration I approved to expedite support to flooding survivors.’
President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, sending him back into isolation just days after he was cleared. Pictured: Biden out of isolation on Thursday after testing negative for a third-day in a row

A memo from Biden’s doctor confirmed the positive test on Saturday as his doctor had warned of a rebound
Biden has held several speeches after he was cleared for isolation. He’s pictured on Thursday touting his Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 as he coughed in the middle of his speech
Paxlovid is an oral antiviral treatment which works by blocking the ability of the COVID-19 virus to multiply in the body.
The medication must be prescribed by an authorized prescriber.
The Oral treatment should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptoms to achieve the best result.
The capsules are taken twice a day for five days with the most common side effects including diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness.
Paxlovid is not safe to use with certain other medications, and should not be taken by people with severe kidney or liver disease.
An oral treatment is not intended as a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19, with vaccines considered the best protection against the virus.
The CDC issued a notice in May that some of those who received the drug saw their symptoms return after they finished treatment – even after feeling fully healed at some points. 
‘A brief return of symptoms may be part of the natural history of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in some persons, independent of treatment with Paxlovid and regardless of vaccination status.’ 
Experts are unsure as to why this is occurring, or what could be causing a person that is seemingly fine to later start feeling sick again from the same infection. 
Biden, who made his most recent public appearance on Thursday, had no scheduled events on Friday and was expected to travel home to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday morning, where first lady Jill Biden has been staying.’ 
He was also scheduled to travel to Michigan to highlight the passage of a bill that supports domestic high-tech manufacturing, which he was touting during his isolation. Both trips have been canceled. 
Biden had tested negative for COVID on Tuesday following five days of isolation, and he provided another negative test on Wednesday. He also tested negative on Thursday and Friday. 
The White House said Biden was infected by the BA.5 variant, which is responsible for a fresh surge in cases around the world. 
Testing negative for the first time since July 21, Biden held a series of events in support of a $52 billion bill to subsidize computer chip manufacturing and research to counter America’s Chinese rivals. 
Biden has kept to working remotely as he recovered, holding virtual meetings with world leaders and news conferences with reporters, who sat at a distance.   
The president used his initial recovery on Wednesday as a chance to tout not only the COVID vaccines and boosters, but also Paxlovid. 
The drug is believed to be the most effective treatment against the virus, and has been a favorite of the White House in recent months – with Biden even making it available for free to all infected people. 
Clinical trials showed it could reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death from infection by 90 percent if taken within days of symptoms first appearing, though some fear the protection may not be long-lasting.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that recipients of Pfizer‘s antiviral COVID pill may have their symptoms rebound after they complete a course of the drug.
The agency issued the notice after reports emerged in recent months that those who received the drug saw their symptoms return after they finished treatment – even after feeling fully healed at some points.
‘Paxlovid continues to be recommended for early-stage treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 among persons at high risk for progression to severe disease,’ the CDC wrote in the notice.
‘A brief return of symptoms may be part of the natural history of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in some persons, independent of treatment with Paxlovid and regardless of vaccination status.’
Experts are not sure why this is occurring, or what could be causing a person that is seemingly fine to later start feeling sick again from the same infection.
Although the president is reported to be experiencing any new symptoms on Saturday, his age leaves him at a higher risk of getting severely ill from the coronavirus. 
According to the CDC, those 65 and up make up more than 81 percent of deaths from the virus, which has killed more than 1 million people in the US alone. 
Biden will be back in isolation until he tests negative again. Pictured: Biden working during his stay in isolation last week after he tested positive for COVID
White House staffers whooped and cheered as Biden emerged from isolation on Wednesday morning 
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Biden showed his enthusiasm to leave confinement on Wednesday morning.
He tweeted a photo of his negative test, writing: ‘Back to the Oval. Thanks to Doc for the good care, and to all of you for your support.’
The White House has said Biden will follow CDC protocols when he returns to work, including wearing a face mask.
‘He will wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time he is around others,’ O’Connor said. Biden first tested positive on Thursday of last week. 
Biden’s doctor also said the president would ‘increase his testing cadence’ as part of his monitoring for signs of long COVID. He did not detail how often the president would be tested. 
He is the second president to test positive for the highly-infectious disease. Then-President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID in October 2020, before vaccines were available. He was later revealed to have been seriously ill. He had gone to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment.
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Biden took a jab at Trump, comparing their conditions following their respective COVID diagnoses. 
‘Here’s the bottom line: When my predecessor got COVID, he had to get helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center,’ said Biden, 79.
‘He was severely ill. Thankfully he recovered.
‘I got COVID, I worked from upstairs of the White House …. for the five-day period. The difference is vaccinations of course.’
Biden was vaccinated and double-boosted when he finally caught COVID, having avoided it throughout the two-year pandemic. 
Biden will stay in the residence area of the Executive Mansion until he tests negative again, where his primary companion has been his dog, Commander, as first lady Jill Biden decamped to their home in Wilmington – where she has been testing negative for COVID.
New studies indicate that the Biden Administration’s miracle drug in the war against Covid-19 does not prevent against reinfection as strongly as initially thought. 
That’s according to Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a prominent cardiologist and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University Hospital.
When Paxlovid came to market in December 2021, studies from Pfizer indicated that only 1-2 percent of patients who took the drug tested positive for Covid again shortly after finishing their dosage.  
Reiner, who was commenting on the news that President Joe Biden has tested positive against for virus, wrote on Twitter: ‘I think this was predictable.’
He continued: ‘The prior data suggesting ‘rebound’ Paxlovid positivity in the low single digits is outdates and with BA.5 is likely 20-40% or even higher.’
In a memo released by the White House, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said that the president will continue to isolate, just like he did when he first tested positive on July 21. 
Dr. O’Connor also said that the president would not be prescribed Paxlovid again. The president’s doctor earlier noted that it was likely that the president was infected with the BA.5 variant.   
Experts have theorized that the reason for the rebound effect is that the drug is so powerful at suppressing Covid, the immune system doesn’t have time to identify the pathogen. 
This combined with some believing that the current treatment timeframe is too short, allows the virus to reappear.  
President Joe Biden pictured on July 28, two days after he first tested negative for Covid-19 following his initial diagnosis
According to Pfizer, 40,000 Paxlovid prescriptions are being written every day
In June, a Mayo Clinic study showed that five percent of adults who had taken the drug tested positive again for Covid within 30 days, according to the New York Times
The majority of those who experienced rebound symptoms occur within two to eight days.  
Some experts have said that the current treatment cycle of taking three pills twice a day for five days is too short a time period to clear Covid from the patient’s body. 
The conclusion of the Mayo Clinic study was that extending the time period of the course of Paxlovid was unnecessary. 
The authors of the study conceded in their findings that immunocompromised people were unrepresented in the study.  
Also in June, the president’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, experienced rebound Covid-19. In his case, he did take a second round of Paxlovid. 
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, has denied that the Paxlovid rebound numbers are nearly 50 percent. 
The doctor maintained that the actual percentage of reinfections is ‘in the single digits.’
Dr. Jha said: ‘When people have rebound, they don’t end up in the hospital. They don’t end up particularly sick.’ 
He added: ‘Paxlovid is working really well at preventing serious illness, rebound or no rebound, and that’s why he was offered it. And that’s why the president took it.’ 
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, one of CNN’s medical analysts, said that Biden’s reinfection was ‘predictable’
Just this week, Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that makes Paxlovid, posted huge second-quarter sales growth with revenues around $27.7 billion. 
That’s up from $18 billion that was reported in the second quarter of 2021. 
The global sales of Paxlovid alone were $8.1 billion. 
Around 40,000 Paxlovid prescriptions are being handed out on a daily basis, similar to the amount of oxycodone prescriptions that are filled every day. 
Just this week, Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that makes Paxlovid, posted huge second-quarter sales growth with revenues around $27.7 billion
Speaking to the Atlantic, Bob Wachter, the chair of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, said that deciding whether or not give Paxlovid to certain patients is a ‘massively complicated three-dimensional chess game.’ 
Wachter also said: ‘I can barely decide whether want it, and I do this for a living.’
While Dr. David Boulware of the University of Minnesota told the magazine that he wants Pfizer to release more in depth study data. 
He said that the data released so far by Pfizer ‘suggest that there’s really minimal to no benefit, most likely, for the vast majority of people.’
The president first tested positive on July 21 and then tested negative on July 26. 
Biden continued to test negative on the following Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He made his first public address on Wednesday following his initial diagnosis the previous week.
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