President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning, the White House announced.
The 79-year-old is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and is experiencing very mild symptoms, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. He has already begun a course of the antiviral Paxlovid and has started an isolation period in the White House, consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to a letter released from the president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, Biden tested positive via an antigen test this morning, a result that has already been confirmed by a PCR test. Prior to this morning, he was most recently tested on Tuesday and had tested negative. Now, Biden is experiencing mild symptoms of a runny nose, fatigue, and an occasional dry cough, which began yesterday, the letter said.