President Biden Tests Positive For COVID, Has ‘Very Mild’ Symptoms

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning and is said to be experiencing “very” mild symptoms.

The symptoms were not revealed, but in a statement White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president is currently taking Paxlovid as treatment.

“Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” Jean-Pierre said. “He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.”

At 9:18 a.m. PST, the Twitter account for President Biden posted a photo of the president at his desk with the caption reading that he was “doing great.”

“Folks, I’m doing great,” the tweet read. “Thanks for your concern. Just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my Scranton cousins!) to send my regrets for missing our event today. Keeping busy!”

Since returning from an overseas trip  the president’s schedule was not filled with events as usual. When asked about the Biden’s schedule at a White House press scrum, White House national security spokesman Jon Kirby said the president was “busy” despite not having duties on the schedule, which typically notes all the president’s daily duties.

“The President’s been busy,” Kirby said. “I’ll let Karine speak to the President’s schedule, but the President’s been quite busy. Just because you don’t see something necessarily on the public schedule doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of work going on.”

It is uncertain if the president’s lack of scheduling is connected to his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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