Biden set to get tested on day six of COVID battle

Will Biden escape isolation? President set to get tested on day six of COVID battle – with a clear public schedule, preparation for a call with China’s Xi tomorrow and his doctor saying his symptoms have gone

  • Biden will get tested for covid on Wednesday – day six since he was diagnosed
  • President has shown signs he wants out of his isolation
  • If he tests negative he will return to work; White House has said he will follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a face mask
  • If he tests positive, he will stay in isolation in the residence
  • Biden’s doctor said on Tuesday his symptoms were virtually gone
  • Biden has no public events on his Wednesday schedule 

President Joe Biden will be tested for covid again on Wednesday on day six of his battle and as he is showing signs of wanting out of his isolation. 

Biden has no public events on his schedule for the day. He will get his daily intelligence briefing virtually and will likely be holding more zoom meetings and phone calls, which has been his routine since he tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday of last week.

And he will be covid tested. The White House said they will announce the results.

‘We’re going to continue to be transparent and share the President’s physician’s note — detailed — detailed note of his examination of him and how the President is going to do. We’ll have that for all of you tomorrow,’ White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Tuesday’s press briefing. ‘When he gets tested, we will be transparent about that and share that with you.’ 

If he tests negative he will get to end his isolation, returning to work in the West Wing. The White House has said Biden will follow CDC protocol, which recommends wearing a face mask for up to day 10.

If he test positive, his isolation will continue. 

The president is also set to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a call that comes amid Beijing’s concern about reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan.

China has warned of a severe response if Pelosi travels to the self-governing island democracy Beijing claims as its own territory. The speaker’s office has yet to say when, or if, she will visit Taiwan.

President Joe Biden with his dog Commander after the German Shepherd was heard barking during his Tuesday zoom meeting

President Joe Biden with his dog Commander after the German Shepherd was heard barking during his Tuesday zoom meeting

President Joe Biden is showing signs of wanting out of his isolation - the White House a photo of him on Thursday waving to South Korean executives after a zoom meeting

President Joe Biden is showing signs of wanting out of his isolation – the White House a photo of him on Thursday waving to South Korean executives after a zoom meeting

Biden will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a call that comes amid Beijing's concern about reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan

Biden will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a call that comes amid Beijing’s concern about reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan

Biden, meanwhile, has indicated he’s getting restless in his covid isolation, lamenting about being stuck in the residence and having to beam into a virtual meeting instead of being there in person.

‘I feel so badly I’m so close but because I’m in the last day of having been diagnosed with COVID,’ Biden said on Tuesday during a zoom meeting with the chairman of the Republic of Korea (ROK) conglomerate SK Group.

‘I’m feeling great. I hope that comes across well. I hope I look as great as I feel,’ he noted.

The executives, along with some of the president’s senior staff, were in the Roosevelt Room of the White House while Biden beamed in on a large TV screen at the head of the table. 

Biden apologized multiple times for not being there in person. The White House later posted a photo to its social media accounts of Biden waving from the Truman Balcony with executives below him in the Rose Garden, waving back.  

And, at one point, the president’s dog Commander could be heard barking in the background of the zoom session. Biden grinned as his German Shepherd made his presence known off-screen.

Later the White House posted a photo of Commander at Biden’s side, the president stroking his head, after the meeting ended. 

The White House has posted several photos online of the president working during his isolation. Officials said proper covid cautions were taken during the photo sessions.  

President Joe Biden on Tuesday indicated he's getting restless in his covid isolation, lamenting about being stuck in the residence

President Joe Biden on Tuesday indicated he’s getting restless in his covid isolation, lamenting about being stuck in the residence

The president also revealed he misses working in the West Wing. 

‘The Oval Office is lovely but I’m all the way over here and can’t be there,’ he said from his office on the second floor of the White House.

Biden has been in isolation in the residence area of the Executive Mansion since he tested positive for covid on Thursday. 

He’s had his dog for company. But first lady Jill Biden decamped to their home in Wilmington – where she has been testing negative for covid – and residence staff have been cut back, along with keepng their distance, in order to avoid infection.

Biden said on Monday it was Commander who got him up that morning.

‘Matter of fact, my dog had to wake me up this morning. My wife’s not here. She usually takes him out in the morning while I’m upstairs working out and so I felt this nozzle of my dog’s nose against my chest about five minutes or seven,’ Biden said.

Earlier this week the White House released a photo of Biden taking a phone call on the Truman Balcony with Commander lounging near him. 

And Biden’s doctor said on Tuesday the president ‘feels well enough to resume his physical exercise regimen.’

Biden’s symptoms have ‘almost completely resolved,’ Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement. But the president will continue to isolate. He had been suffering from a running nose, cough and body aches. 

The president also has completed the five days of his PAXLOVID treatment.

The White House said the president will stay in isolation until he tests negative. 

‘Once he has a negative test after day five, he can end his isolation,’ Covid coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said in Monday’s press briefing. ‘CDC guidance suggests that you wear a mask when he’s around others. The President’s gonna follow CDC guidance.’

The White House released the above photo of Biden working from the Truman Balcony alongside his dog Commander on Monday

The White House released the above photo of Biden working from the Truman Balcony alongside his dog Commander on Monday

The White House has been posting photos of President Joe Biden at work since he tested positive for covid - the above photo was posted on Thursday, the day he tested positive

The White House has been posting photos of President Joe Biden at work since he tested positive for covid – the above photo was posted on Thursday, the day he tested positive

President Joe Biden at work on Friday from his office in the residence

President Joe Biden at work on Friday from his office in the residence

Biden is known to be an avid biker, riding outside when he can but also on a Peloton bike. 

In June he took a spill from his bike while outside riding during a weekend at his Rehoboth Beach home but was okay, getting up to pedal off. 

He also typically begins his mornings with a workout that usually involves some sort of weight lifting. 

Covid coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha did not say what Biden’s testing regime will be after his time in isolation ends. He noted most people test positive on a PRC test for a long time.

‘He made remain PCR positive for a long time. We don’t use PCR testing in people who recovers. So we don’t use PCR testing. But in terms of his the regular cadence of his antigen testing – that is not something that, I don’t know what the cadence will be, and that’s something that’s gonna be decided between him and his physician,’ he said at Monday’s press briefing.

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