Jul 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden's COVID symptoms "almost completely resolved," doctor says

President Joe Biden walk to the Oval Office of the White House on July 20, 2022.
President Biden walk to the Oval Office of the White House on July 20. Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Biden's COVID-19 symptoms "have now almost completely resolved," his physician wrote in a letter on Monday.

The latest: Biden said Monday he's "feeling great" after having two full nights of sleep but his voice remains raspy.

  • "I'm feeling better every day. I still have a little bit of a sore throat and a little bit of a cough. But it's changing significantly," he added. "I hope I'm back to work in person at the end of this week."
  • Biden had 17 potential close contacts after testing positive for COVID-19 but as of Monday, none have since tested positive, White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha said.

Driving the news: Biden finished his fourth full day of taking Pfizer's antiviral pill, Paxlovid, on Sunday night. The president "only notes some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness," wrote his physician Kevin O'Connor.

  • "His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain absolutely normal," O'Connor said.
  • "We will continue Paxlovid as planned," he added.

Catch up quick: Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, when the White House said he was experiencing "very mild" symptoms.

What he's saying: "As I've stated previously, the BA.5 variant is particularly transmissible and [Biden] will continue to isolate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations," O'Connor said.

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Editor's note: This post was updated with details of Biden's close contacts.

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