Biden Tests Positive for Covid Again in ‘Rebound’ Case

by 24USATVJuly 31, 2022, 5 a.m. 17
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“I think this was predictable,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a prominent cardiologist and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University Hospital, wrote on Twitter on Saturday after the president’s positive test was disclosed. He added that “the prior data suggesting ‘rebound’ Paxlovid positivity in the low single digits is outdated” and that the real number was likely significantly higher.

Either way, experts stressed that Paxlovid had been notably successful in preventing more severe Covid-19 illnesses and hospitalizations. And a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in June reported that symptoms from a rebound tended to be milder than during the primary infection and unlikely to lead to hospitalization.

“While we continue to monitor real-world data, we remain very confident in the treatment’s effectiveness at preventing severe outcomes from Covid-19,” Amy Rose, a Pfizer spokeswoman, said in a statement on Saturday.

The C.D.C. issued an emergency health advisory in May that said people experiencing a rebound case “should restart isolation and isolate again” for at least five days, reflecting the agency’s general isolation recommendations for people infected with the virus. The advisory also said that rebounding did not represent reinfection with the virus or resistance to Paxlovid.

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, told reporters when Mr. Biden first tested positive that by looking at Twitter, “it feels like everybody has rebound, but it turns out there’s actually clinical data” suggesting otherwise. Moreover, he said, “Paxlovid is working really well at preventing serious illness, rebound or no rebound, and that’s why he was offered it, and that’s why the president took it.”

Dr. Paul G. Auwaerter, the clinical director in the infectious diseases division at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said it was unlikely that Mr. Biden, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted twice, would become seriously ill. He added that scientists were working to explain why some people experience a rebound of the virus.

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