WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Joe Biden said on Monday (July 25) that “I’m feeling great” while recovering from his coronavirus infection and that he expected to end his isolation and return to normal working conditions by the end of the week.
Biden held a virtual event with semiconductor manufacturers and several top administration officials to promote legislation aimed at boosting chip production in the United States. His voice was raspy but he seemed otherwise in good health.
“I’m feeling great. I’ve had two full nights of sleep,” said Biden, who tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday and has been treated with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid.
With wife Jill out of town, Biden said his dog nuzzled him in the chest on Monday morning and woke him up. “I’m feeling good. My voice is still raspy,” he told reporters.
He said he hoped to be back at work in-person at the end of this week but was working a full schedule from the White House residence from about 9.30am to 6.30pm.
Biden’s physician, Dr Kevin O’Connor, said in a memo released by the White House that Biden’s symptoms “have now almost completely resolved.”
“When questioned, at this point he only notes some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness,” O’Connor, said in a memo released by the White House.
The doctor reiterated that Biden’s lungs remained clear and that he was responding well to the treatment, Over the weekend, the physician had said Biden’s cough and body aches had diminished and he was not short breath.
The White House has sought to show Biden working through his illness. On Thursday, it released a video of him reassuring Americans he was doing fine, and on Friday he participated in virtual meetings with White House staff.
The president had no public events over the weekend, and travel plans for the early part of this week were cancelled.