Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Has ‘Mild Symptoms’

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus.

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FILE - President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media after exiting Air Force One, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 21, making him the second U.S. president to get the virus and underscoring the extent to which the virus has infiltrated American society. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus as new variants challenge the nation’s efforts to resume normalcy after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden was experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease. She said Biden “will isolate at the…

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