President Joe Biden emerged Wednesday from five full days of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, marking the occasion by touting the vaccines and drugs he says kept him from becoming “severely ill” like former President Donald Trump, who caught Covid-19 in October 2020.
Biden, 79, said he “worked from upstairs at the White House” during his bout with Covid, crediting his mild case to two initial vaccine doses, two booster shots and a regimen of taking Pfizer antiviral pill Paxlovid.
Biden experienced a sore throat, runny nose, cough, body aches and slight fever during his isolation, according to the White House, with his symptoms appearing to reach peak severity shortly after his Thursday diagnosis.
The president said vaccinations made the “difference” in keeping him from getting as sick as Trump, who was infected while vaccines were still in development.
“Bottom line: when my predecessor got Covid, he had to get helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center,” Biden said. “You could live without fear by doing what I did: get boosted, get tested and get treatment.”
Biden left isolation Wednesday after twice testing negative for Covid, though White House doctor Kevin O’Connor said the president will continue wearing a mask for 10 days, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Biden will also continue to be tested regularly. Biden canceled trips to Pennsylvania and Florida due to his positive test, and the CDC recommends not traveling for 10 days after symptoms begin. Biden does not appear to have any upcoming trips scheduled.
Trump said at an event prior to the 2020 election that doctors told him his lungs looked “a little bit different” when he was hospitalized, and the New York Times later reported that White House officials thought Trump was so sick they worried he would need a ventilator. Trump spent about 72 hours in the hospital between October 2 and October 5, 2020.
Biden Tests Positive For Covid (Forbes)