CONCERNS for President Joe Biden’s health grows when a White House staffer tested positive for Covid-19 Monday.
Biden tested negative for the virus on Monday and is scheduled to get tested again Wednesday, according to the White House.
A statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki was released regarding the incident.
“On Monday morning, a mid-level staff member, who does not regularly contact with the President, received a positive result for a Covid-19 test," la statement read.
“Three days earlier, el viernes, that staff member spent approximately 30 minutes in proximity to the President on Air Force One, on the way from Orange, South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
According to the statement, the staffer is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and originally texted negative prior to boarding Air Force One.
The staff reportedly did not start experiencing symptoms until Sunday.
“The President is tested on a regular basis. As part of the regular testing, the President received an antigen test Sunday, and tested negative”
Biden has now received a PCR test following news of the staffer’s positive test. The President tested negative and is being tested again Wednesday.
“As CDC guidance does not fully require vaccinated people to quarantine after an exposure, the President will continue with his daily schedule.”
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OMICRON SPREADING IN THE US
The news comes Covid cases surge across the US due to the omicron variant.
With the holidays coming, health officials are worried that things will only get worse.
“If you’d have vaccines and a booster, you’re very well protected against omicron causing you severe disease,” said Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
“So anybody listening to this who’s in that 60 percent of Americans who are eligible for a booster but haven’t yet gotten one, this is the week to do it. Do not wait.”
According to the World Health Organization, omicron has been detected in 89 countries and is spreading rapidly even in countries with high vaccination rates.
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