U.S. President Joe Biden again tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The doctor in the White House has described it as a rebound case that is rarely seen in patients who take the antiviral Paxlovid.
Biden emerged from COVID-19 isolations on Wednesday, after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21, and said that he is feeling fine.
He will now return to tight isolation and will cancel the planned trip to his home in Wilmington and work journey in Michigan, the White House said. Biden held a public event on Wednesday and Thursday, but it was not on Friday.
The forced isolation came because the White House hopes to celebrate some of the new legislative wins to help improve the ranking of Biden’s polls which are declining.
Biden had planned Michigan’s trip to the approval of Thursday’s legislation to boost the US semiconductor chips industry.
It is believed that Biden’s positive test is a “rebound” experienced by some COVID patients who take the antiviral medication Paxlovid, according to the White House doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor. Paxlovid is an antiviral medication of PFIZER INC that is used to treat high-risk patients, such as older patients.
A small but significant percentage of people who use paxlovid will suffer recurrence or rebounds that occur a few days after the five-day treatment course ends, research has shown.
The White House official previously suggested that the Rebound Covid case was not possible, based on case reports throughout the country. However, Biden continues to be tested and monitored.
Biden tweeted about his positive case, saying that he can happen to a “small minority of people.” He later published a video on Twitter where he said he “felt good” and “everything is fine.”
A White House official said the contact tracking efforts were underway on Saturday after Biden’s positive Covid-19 test.
National Institute of Director of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci also experienced a rebound of Covid-19. Symptoms become worse when they return after treatment, and the doctor prescribes another course from Paxlovid.
O’Connor said Biden was tested negatively over the past four days, and there were no plans to revive treatment given the lack of symptoms.
Biden previously described his experience with Covid as light, saying he could continue to work while in isolation and connect with relative ease with this disease with vaccines and other treatments.
O’Connor previously said Biden would be tested regularly to oversee the potential Covid-19 “rebound” case, which can be experienced by some patients who have been treated with Paxlovid, the drug received by the President.
Biden again tested positive for COVID-19