According to an announcement made by the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Jill Biden had a positive test for COVID-19 and was experiencing “mild symptoms.”
According to her spokesperson, Elizabeth Alexander, the 71-year-old first lady tested negative earlier on Monday as part of her routine testing routine. However, a PCR test that was taken after she developed cold-like symptoms came back positive. On Monday, she began experiencing symptoms while on vacation in South Carolina with Vice President Joe Biden. She had been there since the previous weekend.
SNBC13 learned Paxlovid, an antiviral medication, has been prescribed to her, and she plans to quarantine herself at the vacation home for at least five days.
According to recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the press secretary for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, stated that Vice President Biden will wear a mask for the next ten days whenever he is inside and when he is in close proximity to other people. This is because he is considered a close contact of the first lady.
On Tuesday, he intends to make a return trip to Washington in order to sign a landmark bill concerning climate change and healthcare in the afternoon. After that, he will travel to Wilmington, Delaware, where he resides.
Jenn-Pierre has stated that they will increase the frequency of the president’s tests and report the results of those tests. On August 7, the president made a full recovery after contracting the virus for a second time.
The White House announced on Tuesday morning that Joe Biden had tested negative for the virus, but that he would be wearing a mask indoors for the next 10 days in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On August 7, he made a full recovery from a second bout with the virus.
According to a statement released by Elizabeth Alexander, who serves as the communication director for the first lady, “The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days.”
According to a statement released by the White House to pool reporters on Tuesday, President Biden’s antigen test result was negative, and he will continue to wear a mask for the next ten days. “when indoors and in close proximity to others.”