“His main symptoms, while less bothersome, now include a sore throat, runny nose, cough and body aches,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote. “His voice remains low. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature are all perfectly normal. In room air, his oxygen saturation is still very good. His lungs are still clear.”
O’Connor said Biden completed his second full day of Paxlovid on Friday night and will continue to receive antiviral drugs.
O’Connor said Biden will “continue to isolate as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” and receive treatment with oral rehydration fluids, Tylenol and low-dose aspirin as an alternative to blood thinners.
Biden, who suffered from asthma as a young man, will also continue to be treated “as needed” with an albuterol inhaler, which he has used several times since testing positive, O’Connor said.
“We have reason to believe (Biden) will do well,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Amara Walker Saturday morning.
While he has not spoken directly to the president, Fauci said he has been in “very close contact” with O’Connor after Biden tested positive this week.
Fauci said Biden “is not breathing at all right now” and that using an inhaler is something Biden “regularly does when he has an upper respiratory tract infection.”
Biden, 79, is at increased risk of more severe cases of Covid-19 because of his age, but he has been fully vaccinated and boosted twice — which the CDC says has reduced hospitalizations and hospitalizations among older adults. risk of death.
O’Connor has been providing written updates about Biden’s illness and health, but has yet to answer questions about it publicly.
O’Connor said the White House medical department will continue to “closely monitor Biden.”
First lady Jill Biden, who was in close contact with the president, tested negative for Covid-19 Saturday, her spokesman Michael LaRosa said. She is not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 and remains at her home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Thursday was “Day 0” of the president’s Covid-19 timeline, which means he will be quarantined until at least Tuesday under CDC guidelines.
But Fauci confirmed to CNN Saturday that Biden will leave the quarantine once he tests negative for Covid-19, thereby deviating from the CDC’s guidance.
“You have to really follow your circumstances,” Fauci said. “The president has the ability to test every day, wait until he tests negative and then go back. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to.”
This story has been updated with more information.
CNN’s Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.