Biden well enough to resume physical exercise: doctor

President Joe Biden feels well enough to resume physical exercise five days after starting treatment for COVID-19, his doctor said July 26.

Biden completed the five-day course of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill, and his symptoms “are now almost completely resolved,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memorandum (pdf) to the press secretary. of the White House Karine Jean-Pierre.

“His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain absolutely normal. His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air. His lungs stay clear,” O’Connor said.

“The president now feels well enough to resume his exercise routine,” he added.

Biden, 79, will remain isolated for now. He has been staying at the White House residence since testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21.

Biden had received four doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before testing positive for the disease, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Due to his advanced age, the president is considered at high risk of developing a serious illness, but his doctor said he expected Biden to “react favourably” to Paxlovid.

Biden exhibited symptoms including body aches, fatigue and a dry cough.

According to O’Connor, the president’s symptoms had been improving since July 22.

President Joe Biden covers his mouth while coughing during a virtual meeting with CEOs and labor leaders regarding the Chips Act, in Washington on July 25, 2022. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Work

Biden has continued to work since contracting the virus from the CCP, receiving the president’s daily newspaper on weekdays and participating in meetings remotely.

Biden attended an economic briefing Friday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other officials. There were no public events over the weekend. On Monday, Biden spoke at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials conference and met with various CEOs on the CHIPS Act, which Congress is set to pass this week. And on Tuesday, Biden took part in a meeting with SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won.

He was scheduled to address the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus on Tuesday evening. Biden’s schedule for Wednesday has yet to be released.

“I feel good,” Biden said during Monday’s meeting.

“I feel better every day,” he said, later adding, “And I think I’m on the road to a full and total recovery, God willing.”

Biden’s illness has sparked new calls to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and the White House has acknowledged that vaccines no longer offer much protection against the disease.

“As we said, almost everyone is going to get COVID,” Jean-Pierre told reporters in Washington.

But officials also say Biden’s experience shows the importance of getting vaccinated.

“His current condition shows how Americans should avail themselves of recalls and treatments,” the publicist said.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers US and world news. He is based in Maryland.

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