US President Joe Biden reported positive for COVID-19

US President Joe Biden reported positive for COVID-19.

The nation’s attempts to restore normality after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions are being hampered by new varieties of the highly infectious virus, which President Joe Biden tested positive for on Thursday.

This highlights the longevity of the extremely virulent illness. Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, said that Biden was exhibiting “moderate symptoms” and had started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medication intended to lessen the severity of the illness.

She said Biden “will spend his time in isolation in the White House and keep up with all of his responsibilities. This morning, he spoke by phone with members of the White House staff. He will participate in his scheduled meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from his home.”

After receiving two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine soon before assuming office, a first booster injection in September and a second dose on March 30, 79-year-old Biden is protected.

Even with the testing measures in place for individuals anticipated to be in close contact with him, Biden’s resistance to the virus up until this point appeared to defy the odds.

The illness has already spread through the political elite in Washington, infecting senators, Vice President Kamala Harris, Cabinet officials, White House personnel, and others.

As a result, Biden has increased his trip frequency and started doing significant indoor events again where not everyone is put to the test.

Top White House officials have recently been frank about the probability that the president would get COVID, a gauge of how pervasive the virus has grown in society, and how it poses less of a concern to those who have access to treatments and are up to date on their vaccines.