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US First Lady contracts Covid-19; Biden tests negative

The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, tested positive for Covid-19, has mild symptoms of the disease and will be isolated for five days, said this Tuesday (

) its Director of Communications Elizabeth Alexander in a statement. US President Joe Biden, on the other hand, tested negative, according to the White House.

In the statement, Alexander said Jill Biden had tested negative on Monday for the disease, but began to develop symptoms later on. afternoon. She underwent an antigen test which also came back negative, but later underwent a PCR test which found that she contracted Covid.

Jill Biden took the initial two doses of the disease vaccine and two more for reinforcement. As Joe Biden recently had Covid, the First Lady is being treated with the oral antiretroviral Paxlovid, and will be in isolation for five days.

Jill Biden is currently staying in a private residence in the state of South Carolina, where he vacations. She will remain there until she tests negative for Covid in two consecutive tests.

Jill Biden’s infection occurred a few weeks after her husband’s. The American president tested positive for Covid in 30 July.

Six days later, Joe Biden tested negative, but in 30 July he underwent to a new test that came back positive, according to the White House, due to a “rebound effect” that some patients treated with Paxlovid suffer. On August 7, Biden was released from his second isolation after testing negative.

The White House reported that Joe Biden tested negative for Covid on Tuesday and, as he is in close contact with his wife , will follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and wear a mask for the next ten days in all closed places and when in close proximity to other people.

The White House also announced that it will increase the tests it routinely performs on the president and will report the results as soon as they are ready.

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