Biden Likely Hit By Highly Contagious COVID-19 Strain
According to an update from his doctor on Saturday (Sunday, July 24, 2022, in Manila), President Joe Biden certainly got a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus spreading swiftly through the United States, and now has bodily aches and a sore throat since his positive test, Chris Megerian reported for the Associated Press (AP).
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The BA.5 variant is an offshoot of the omicron strain that arose late last year, and it is thought to be responsible for the great majority of coronavirus cases in the country. Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the president's physician, reported in his most recent update on Biden's health that his earlier symptoms, such as a runny nose and a cough, have become "less troublesome."
O'Connor's previous notes made no mention of a painful throat or general discomfort.
The doctor stated that Biden's vital signs, including blood pressure and respiratory rate, "remain entirely normal," and his oxygen saturation levels are "excellent," with "no shortness of breath at all." O'Connor stated that the preliminary sequencing data indicating the BA.5 mutation have no bearing on Biden's treatment strategy "in any way."
On Thursday morning, Biden tested positive for the infection. Since then, he has been isolated in the White House.
Officials with the administration have underlined that his symptoms are modest because he received four vaccine doses and began using the antiviral medicine Paxlovid after being infected.
Biden appeared hoarse during a virtual meeting with economic experts on Friday, but asserted, "I feel much better than I sound."