By: Tye Richmond
Delaware’s first United States President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19.
President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning, the White House announced.
In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden, 79, is experiencing “very mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral therapy that was recommended by Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician.
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According to O’Connor, Biden began experiencing symptoms — a runny nose, fatigue and an occasional dry cough — on Wednesday evening.
White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha also told John Berman on CNN’s “New Day” earlier Friday that Biden’s symptoms remained mild as of Thursday night, suggesting that the President’s symptoms were “basically the same.”
“I got an update last night at 10:00 p.m. and he was doing just fine,” he said. Jha added that he would touch base with the White House medical team and speak with the President “directly this morning.”
“The symptoms were basically the same — again, he’s got a little runny nose, he’s got a bit of a dry cough,” Jha said.