US President Joe Biden said on Monday he feels “great” after eliminating most of his COVID-19 symptoms and looks forward to getting back to work fully this week.
“I feel great,” Biden told reporters at the end of a meeting with staff and business leaders on microchip manufacturing, where he appeared by video link.
In a slightly hoarse voice, Biden said that he would sleep two full nights in a row, adding with a smile that “my dog actually had to wake me up this morning.”
Biden, who has been isolated at the White House since testing positive for the coronavirus last Thursday, said he expected to work in person again “by the end of this week.”
The President is performing his full duties, but has seen a light schedule during his recovery.
Earlier, the official White House doctor said the 79-year-old’s condition was improving significantly, although he continues to be treated for the potentially deadly virus.
“His symptoms have now almost completely resolved,” Biden’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, said in a memo to the White House press secretary. “He notes only some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness.”
The doctor said Biden’s lungs remained clean and that his pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate were all normal.
The memo said the president continues to take the antiviral therapeutic paxlovid and is “not experiencing shortness of breath.”
Biden is the oldest person ever in the US presidency, but his doctor says his health is generally good. He has been fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots against the coronavirus.
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