US President Joe Biden’s condition since contracting COVID-19 has improved significantly and his biggest symptom is now a sore throat, his doctor said on Sunday.
Biden’s cough and body aches have subsided since he tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday and he is not experiencing shortness of breath, said the doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, in a memo released by the White House.
“His symptoms continue to improve significantly. His predominant symptom now is a sore throat. This is most likely a result of lymphoid activation as his body clears the virus, and is therefore encouraging,” said O’Connor. Biden’s pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature were all normal.
“His voice remains a little deep,” O’Connor said.
Biden, 79, has had mild symptoms since his diagnosis, which came as a highly contagious subvariant of the coronavirus is driving a new wave of cases in the United States. On Saturday, O’Connor said genomic sequencing found that a subvariant, known as BA.5, was likely the cause of Biden’s disease.
The White House has tried to emphasize Biden’s ability to work through his illness. On Thursday, it released a video of him reassuring Americans that he was doing well, and on Friday he participated in virtual meetings with White House staff.
The president had no public events over the weekend, and travel plans for the early part of this week have been canceled.
Biden’s diagnosis came as political and economic challenges confront his presidency, with his policy agenda under threat on Capitol Hill and high inflation weighing on his approval rating with voters, who will decide at the polls in November whether Republicans or Democrats will Control Congress.
Biden’s Democrats currently hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives and control the evenly divided Senate thanks to the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris
US Joe Biden on the road to recovery from COVID-19 – SABC News
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