Biden tested negative for COVID, will still wear mask

"His symptoms have been steadily improving, and are almost completely resolved," Dr. Kevin O'Connor said.

US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo (photo credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST/FILE PHOTO)
US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
(photo credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST/FILE PHOTO)

US President Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 after coming down with the coronavirus last week and is ending his isolation period at the White House, his physician said on Wednesday.

Biden remains fever-free and is no longer taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a memo released by the White House. He tested negative on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Biden will speak to reporters in the White House Rose Garden at 11:30 a.m. ET (1830 Jerusalem).

The president has had mild symptoms including cough, sore throat and body aches since his initial positive test last Thursday.

"His symptoms have been steadily improving, and are almost completely resolved," O'Connor said.

US President Joe Biden appears on screen to meet virtually with a delegation from SK Group led by Chairman Chey Tae-won, from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, US July 26, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)US President Joe Biden appears on screen to meet virtually with a delegation from SK Group led by Chairman Chey Tae-won, from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, US July 26, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)

Biden, who is 79, will wear a mask for 10 full days when he is around others, the physician said, mindful of potential exposure to Secret Service personnel and White House staff who are in close proximity to him.

O'Connor said Biden would be tested regularly to watch for a potential "rebound" COVID-19 case of a sort experienced by some patients who have been treated with Paxlovid, the drug the president received.

The White House has been eager to show Biden at work during his convalescence. He held virtual events from the White House residence on multiple days and did video remarks on the first day he tested positive to reassure Americans that he was OK.

His Rose Garden remarks are expected to show he is fully back to work and engaged in the challenges facing his administration, including high inflation and the war in Ukraine.

Biden won the 2020 presidential election in part on a promise to take the pandemic more seriously than his opponent, former President Donald Trump. He has overseen the rollout of vaccines and continues to urge Americans to get inoculated as a new wave of the BA.5 subvariant sweeps across the United States.