Joe Biden, who has been diagnosed with COVID, cleared his throat during a virtual meeting at the White House. The White House doctor examines the President of the United States and measures his “vital signs” several times a day, but says that the head of state is still working at “eight hours plus a day.”
U.S. President Biden coughed intermittently during a virtual meeting at the White House, one day after testing positive for COVID.
As Sky News notes, Biden, who at 79 is the oldest person to ever serve as President of the United States, appeared to be in good spirits but had a noticeably deeper voice and apologized for repeatedly interrupting his a speech to clear your throat.
“I feel much better than I look,” the American president said, describing recent efforts to reduce US gasoline prices.
This came after Chinese President Xi Jinping wished his American counterpart a speedy recovery in an official message.
Earlier on Friday, a White House doctor released a statement that Biden's symptoms had improved. A letter received from physician Kevin O'Connor says that Biden had a low temperature of 37.4. But at the same time, he “favorably” reacted to painkillers and breathed normally.
“This morning his voice deepened. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain normal in room air,” the presidential medic said of his patient’s condition.
The doctor who, according to the White House, monitors Biden and checks on him “ vital signs several times a day,” added that two medications the president takes for atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm) are temporarily out of use so as not to interfere with an antiviral drug to fight COVID. According to the doctor, low doses of aspirin are added as an alternative blood thinner.
“The President is tolerating the treatment well,” he said.
White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Biden was fine and his mild symptoms were mostly the same – runny nose, fatigue and occasional dry cough. He added: “The President is feeling better. He slept well last night. He ate his breakfast and lunch completely. He really showed me his plate.”
The US President, who is fully vaccinated and given two booster shots, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday as the White House said he would continue to work but would be in self-isolation .
His diagnosis comes as a highly contagious sub-variant of the coronavirus is causing a new wave of cases in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of COVID cases in the US has increased by more than 25% over the past month, as the new sub-variant of BA.5 Omicron has taken hold there and around the world.