On Friday, White House Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor released an update on President Biden’s health after Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning.
“President Biden completed his first full day of PAXLOVID last night,” O’Connor wrote in a letter. “His symptoms have improved. He did mount a temperature yesterday evening to 99.40F, which responded favorably to acetaminophen (TYLENOL). His temperature has remained normal since then.”
O’Connor said that Biden’s is suffering from a runny nose, fatigue, and a “non-productive, now ‘loose’ cough.” Biden’s pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation are all normal.
“The President is tolerating treatment well,” O’Connor wrote. “We will continue PAXLOVID as planned. His symptoms will be treated supportively with oral hydration, acetaminophen (TYLENOL), and the albuterol inhaler that he uses as needed. His apixaban (ELIQUIS) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are being held during PAXLOVID treatment and for several days after his last dose. During this time, it is reasonable to add low dose aspirin as an alternative type of blood thinner.”
After Biden initially tested positive, O’Connor said that he believed 79-year-old president will “respond favorably” because he is fully vaccinated and twice-boosted. The White House Physician stated that there “has been nothing in the course of his illness thus far which gives me cause to alter that initial expectation.”
O’Connor concluded by saying he would continue to release updates on “any changes in his condition or treatment plan.”