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President Biden is experiencing fatigue, a runny nose, dry cough after testing positive

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The United States President Joe Biden tested positive on Thursday for the coronavirus, raising health concerns for the 79-year-old president and underscoring how the virus remains a persistent threat in a country trying to put the pandemic in the past, the New York Times reports.

The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that Biden had “tested positive for Covid-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms.”

The president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor said in a letter released by the White House Thursday morning that Biden was experiencing fatigue, a runny nose and an occasional dry cough.

“I anticipate that he will respond favourably, as most maximally protected patients do,” O’Connor wrote in the letter.

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The president is receiving Paxlovid, an antiviral drug used to minimize the severity of Covid-19, Jean-Pierre said. He will isolate at the White House but “continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” she said.

The president was scheduled to fly to Pennsylvania on Thursday for a speech about gun violence and then to travel to his home in Wilmington, Del., where he was expected to stay for the weekend. White House officials said both trips had been cancelled.

The first lady, Jill Biden who has also received two boosters, tested negative on Thursday morning, according to Michael LaRosa, her spokesman.

The first lady, who was determined to be in close contact with the president, is keeping her travel schedule, which includes stops in Michigan and Georgia on Thursday, LaRosa said. But she will follow C.D.C. guidance with masking and social distancing. Biden spoke with the president this morning.

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