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Biden's COVID symptoms have improved considerably, mainly has sore throat -doctor

Coronavirus Jul 24, 2022 03:35PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By Kanishka Singh and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden's condition since contracting COVID-19 has improved considerably and his greatest symptom now is a sore throat, his physician said on Sunday.

Biden's cough and body aches have diminished since he tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday and he is not experiencing any shortness of breath, the physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, said in a memo released by the White House.

"His symptoms continue to improve significantly. His predominant symptom now is sore throat. This is most likely a result of lymphoid activation as his body clears the virus, and is thus encouraging," O'Connor said. Biden's pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature all were normal.

"His voice remains a bit deep," O'Connor said.

Earlier on Sunday, White House COVID coordinator Ashish Jha said in interviews on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week" that none of Biden's 17 identified close contacts had so far tested positive for the coronavirus.

Biden, 79, has had mild symptoms since his diagnosis, which came as a highly contagious subvariant of the coronavirus drives a new wave of cases in the United States. On Saturday, O'Connor said genomic sequencing found that subvariant, known as BA.5, was likely the cause of Biden's illness.

Jha told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Biden had an upper respiratory infection.

The White House has sought to underscore Biden's ability to work through his illness. On Thursday, it released a video of him reassuring Americans he was doing fine, 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 hurting his approval rating with voters, who will decide at polls in November whether Republicans or Democrats control Congress.

Biden's Democrats currently have a slim majority in the House of Representatives and control the evenly divided Senate through Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote.

Biden's COVID symptoms have improved considerably, mainly has sore throat -doctor
 

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Mike Lomash
Mike Lomash Jul 24, 2022 6:14PM ET
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Too bad - its time he goes one way or another
Alpha Omega
Alpha Omega Jul 24, 2022 5:15PM ET
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His Trip to the middle East and the capitalistic problems and NATO are too much for Joe.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 24, 2022 5:10PM ET
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Bummer. I really expected more from covid.
Vince Brooks
Caspian Jul 24, 2022 4:54PM ET
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Always bad news about bidumb. Maybe next ilness will be fatal...
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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It is shocking how much stronger he is than our last president. Even a few years older but so much stronger...what a winner!
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Gee Sss
Gee Sss Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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For most people, yes, it is fairly mild. We never saw things like Wuhan or Italy, however that is very much another Biden apologist sentiment. Yet another of a few posters who refuse to acknowledge the many shortcomings he has simply because he isn't"the other guy". At this point, however, I'm not sure this will all have been worth it. 4m or so dead globally with millions if not billions in further inescapable poverty. Death is pretty peaceful, they don't suffer anymore.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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You make a lot of assumptions my friend that are not accurate. Were have I made these refusals you accuse me of?
Gee Sss
Gee Sss Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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Most of the posts I see from you are either responses to Biden criticism that makes a reference to Trump or disregards the issue at hand. You and a few others. It's not an assumption, an observation. If you are not happy with the current administration, why would you post like that?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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What you describe are not examples of refusing Biden's short comings, so I'm going to continue to know that dies not apply to me. As for why I post the other type of posts you descrube, that I think you fairly characterize as a subset of my posts, I'll say this: After a few years of lurking, I got tired of seeing little push back against the propagandists, the conspiracy theorists, racism and ignorance in this site's comments. Sometimes, I write a comment for my own amusement or for that of another commenter, but mostly I'm motivated to push against those things I mention, sometimes directly and sometimes sarcastically. I also comment in support of the success of America and for the wellbeing of the world's people.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 24, 2022 3:21PM ET
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FWIW, like any president, Biden has shortcomings
Bett Albern
Bett Albern Jul 24, 2022 1:58PM ET
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Has he been able to smell any little girls hair yet?
Jim Miller
Jim Miller Jul 24, 2022 1:58PM ET
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He wouldn't want to live if he loses that sense. 🤣
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 24, 2022 1:58PM ET
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At least he is not grabbing them by the p*!@y! Guess he just needs more money right?
Gee Sss
Gee Sss Jul 24, 2022 1:58PM ET
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Chris, your acceptance of mediocrity and support of a pretty awful president says a lot about you. You are content with Biden simply because he is not "the other guy". You should demand more from your elected and appointed leaders, regardless of party. Downplaying or disregarding Biden's laundry list of failures over his political career simply because he represents whatever primary color party you align with is just pathetic.
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Jul 24, 2022 1:38PM ET
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Must be from sucking progressive rods! The big guy is here!!
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 24, 2022 1:38PM ET
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Who cares what he ******* Are you homophobic or something? Lots of kids are these days, bad parenting, but most grow out of it.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 24, 2022 1:38PM ET
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Chris Cummins  your “buddies” call you Cummins? xD
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 24, 2022 9:56AM ET
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Hehe biden and covid mentioned together, big trigger words for some snowflakes on the right especially :D 🍿
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 24, 2022 9:56AM ET
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Only dems are snowflakes. Typical feckless lib.tard. Projection. So feeble.
Gee Sss
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Oddly enough most if the time you post something similar nobody else says much of anything. However, as awful as the last guy was, the sycophants acting like Biden is a remotely good president and downplaying his numerous poor choices and decisions simply because of the party he represents are somehow more disgusting than trumpists - and that is saying a lot.
 
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