President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms continue to improve and now include a “less bothersome” sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and body aches, his doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said in a note Saturday.
Biden’s lungs remain clear and his oxygen saturation “remains excellent on room air,” the doctor said.
Biden, 79, tested positive for covid on Thursday, when the White House said he was experiencing mild symptoms. His diagnosis came while a highly contagious subvariant of the coronavirus drives a new wave of cases in United States.
Biden most likely has that BA.5 variant, O’Connor said.
“The president continues to tolerate the treatment well. We will continue with Paxlovid as planned,” he said, referring to the Pfizer antiviral drug the president is taking.
The White House has tried to underscore Biden’s ability to overcome his illness. Thursday public a video in which the president reassured Americans that he was fine, and on Friday he participated in virtual meetings with White House staff.
There was no presidential act on his agenda over the weekend. The president’s wife, first lady Jill Biden, is at her home in Wilmington, Delaware.