President Joe Biden is officially allowed to come out of isolation after the Covid-19 case rebounds

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“This morning, the President’s SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was negative for a second day in a row,” presidential physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter on Sunday. “He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel.”

Biden also tested negative in an antigen test on Saturday, but remained in self-isolation until Sunday morning before departing for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Leaving the White House for Rehoboth Beach, the president told reporters he “felt great,” saying, “After 18 days, it’s good!”

During the isolation, the president participated in public events virtually from the residence of the White House. He twice made socially distant remarks to a restricted swimming pool from the Blue Room balcony, announcing a successful strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Monday and signing two bills cracking down on the Covid-19 relief fraud Friday.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden are due to travel to Kentucky on Monday after deadly flooding in the eastern part of the state killed dozens of people and devastated the area.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Individuals who experience a recurrence of COVID-19 symptoms or a new positive viral test after testing negative should restart isolation and self-isolate again for at least 5 days”.

During Biden’s first bout with the disease, he experienced mild symptoms including a runny nose, fatigue, a high temperature and a cough, according to his doctor. The five-day course of Paxlovid that the president completed requires a doctor’s prescription and is available through a US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the treatment of mild Covid-19 at moderate in people 12 years and older who are at high risk of severe disease.

The CDC issued a health alert to doctors on May 24 informing them that symptoms of Covid-19 sometimes reappear, and this may be how the infection manifests in some people, whether they are vaccinated or treated with it. medicines such as Paxlovid. The CDC said most rebound cases involve mild illness and no cases of serious illness have been reported.

Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. He received his first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine before its inauguration in January 2021, his first booster in September and his second booster in March.

This story and headline were updated with additional developments on Sunday.

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