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Covid-struck Biden develops more symptoms, but responds to Paxlovid

Joe Biden developed more symptoms like body aches, sore throat and dry cough on Saturday although he has been put on Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Tylenol since Thursday. If his oxygen saturation level falls below 94% or develops breathing problems he will certainly need hospitalisation, doctors say. An over-enthusiastic Biden had just returned from an elaborate tour of West Asia.

WASHINGTON, July 24: Joe Biden had more symptoms of covid on Saturday. Biden, the oldest US President at 79, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, and had developed mild symptoms of covid and tested positive on Thursday, showed more symptoms like body aches, sore throat and dry cough on Saturday.

The President had an attack of the highly contagious but less severe variant of Omicron called BA.5.

He has isolated himself but is working. Biden had said in a Twitter video on Thursday he was "doing well". Vice-President Kamala Harris had close contact with the President on Tuesday, but she had recovered from an attack recently.

In fact, Biden had complained of runny nose and fatigue on Wednesday night. On Thursday, White House physician Kevin O'Connor issued a statement saying he had tested positive and has been put on antiviral Paxlovid. His temperature came down to 99.4 deg F by Thursday evening after being given Tylenol. He had said Biden is responding to a course of Paxlovid.

What is Paxlovid

Pfizer’s Paxlovid, which is relatively a new, effective drug being used in the US, has been found to be 90% successful in high risk patients. Still there is concern, but the latest advances in medical science is at his disposal. There is usually a relapse after a five-day course of Paxlovid.

America's infectious dieases chief Dr Anthony Fauci himself suffered a relapse after a Paxlovid course. That was a month ago after he had tested positive for covid. He was administered a second course.

However, there are certain contra-indications, even though his health parameters have been satisfactory and a history of previous surgeries has no relevance. But Biden has a condition called atrial fibrillation, which may or may not interfere with one's ability to fight infections, medical reports point out. He has been taking anti-cloating apixaban and crestor for cholesterol for long as a precaution. A report quoting White House said he has stopped the two drugs for the time being although it is not listed as interfering with Paxlovid.

According to reports, if his oxygen saturation level falls below 94% or develops breathing complaints he will certainly need hospitalisation.

Biden cancelled a trip to Pennsylvania because of the infection that caught him just as he returned from an elaborate tour of West Asia.

Former President Donald Trump, who tested positive for coronavirus in October 2020, was admitted to the military hospital and cured at a time there were no treatments or vaccines developed for covid.

Even as all precautions have been lifted, Omicron BA.5, a fast spreading variant but less severe, is currently driving most of the pandemic infections and hospitalisations throughout the US. Deaths are on the rise. A total of 10 lakh (1 million) Americans have lost their life due to the pandemic so far.

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