United States: Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and reassured the nation that “it’s going to be OK.”
Hours after the 79-year-old tested positive, Biden stated in a 21-second video released on social media on Thursday afternoon, “Hey folks, guess you heard. This morning I tested positive for COVID. But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild.”
Biden was not wearing a mask and appeared to be speaking from the White House’s Truman Balcony, stating that he was doing well and getting a lot of work done.
The President of the United States stated, “In the meantime, thanks for your concern. And keep the faith. It’s going to be OK.”
Moreover, while the vaccination of Biden should protect him against serious illness, the infection is a reminder that the pandemic Biden hoped to put behind him is still part of everyday life.
Over 70 per cent of people from America have been infected with the COVID-19 infection, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Until now, the COVID response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha highlighted that he doesn’t believe that every American will eventually be infected, despite the highly transmissible variants circulating.
Along with this, the president will continue to work at the White House, where he will isolate himself until he tests negative, per the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She said that the condition of Biden will be given at the time of his isolation.
As per Jean Pierre, Biden had last tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, when his result was negative.
According to the sources, it was not yet possible to predict from the president’s COVID test what kind of variant he contracted.