First Lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday and will return to Washington on Tuesday, almost a week after coming down with a rebound case of the coronavirus.
Her director of communications, Elizabeth Alexander, announced the negative test in a statement Monday night.
Jill Biden has been in isolation at her family’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, since testing positive on August 24. At the time, her publicist said she had no symptoms. and she first tested positive for the virus on Aug. 15, when President Joe Biden was vacationing on Keawah Island, South Carolina.
The president, who had consecutive cases of COVID-19, was identified as a close contact of his wife, and the White House said he is being tested for the virus more frequently as a precautionary measure. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines required Biden to wear a face covering indoors and near other people, but at an indoor rally outside Washington on Thursday, Biden said: They were seen hugging supporters and taking selfies without wearing masks.
Jill Biden, 71, and her husband, 79, have received two doses and two boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. She was prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid. This has proven highly effective in preventing serious illness and death among those most at risk of COVID-19. A minority of those prescribed the drug have experienced rebound cases of the virus days after their initial recovery.
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