Biden recovered from Covid, but not yet resuming presidential duties

Washington, Jul 26 (EFE).- President Joe Biden has almost no lingering Covid-19 symptoms and feels well enough to resume physical exercise, although not his presidential duties, his physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, said Tuesday.

The 79-year-old Biden’s symptoms have “almost completely resolved,” said O’Connor in the report he releases each day on the president’s health.

According to the doctor, Biden’s pulse rate, blood pressure, respiration and temperature are now “absolutely normal,” while his blood oxygen level is “excellent” and his lungs are clear.

“The president now feels well enough to resume his physical exercise regime,” wrote O’Connor in his daily report.

The White House had announced last Thursday that the president had come down with Covid and on Saturday it said that, according to the preliminary test results, he had “probably” contracted the BA.5 subvariant of the Omicron strain, which is responsible for 75-80 percent of Covid infections in the US at present.

On Monday, in a videoconference, Biden – whose voice still sounded somewhat raspy – told reporters that he was “feeling great,” and “keeping a full schedule,” although he said he was isolating while he recovered, adding that he hoped to be back to in-person work with his staff “by the end of the week.”

Biden, who has received two vaccine doses and two booster shots, on Monday evening completed his treatment with the oral anti-retroviral drug Paxlovid.

The anti-Covid pill, made by Pfizer, has been authorized for use in the US to treat moderate coronavirus cases in adults and in children 12 and older. The treatment regimen lasts five days.

According to White House protocol, which is most stringent than the recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), until Biden tests negative for Covid he will not end his isolation or resume his presidential duties.

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