President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

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President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced today. Biden is experiencing mild symptoms and has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment.

The news comes amid a wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping the country, driven by the highly transmissible BA.5 variant. Biden spent part of yesterday traveling and gave a speech about the administration’s clean energy goals in Massachusetts.

At 79 years old, Biden’s age puts him at increased risk of serious symptoms from COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated against the virus and has had two boosters. The White House says he will isolate until he tests negative.

Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump, also tested positive for COVID-19 while in office….

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