Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID again nine days after her first diagnosis in an apparent “Paxlovid rebound” case. The twice-vaccinated and twice-boosted First Lady first tested positive for the virus on Aug. 15, when she and her husband were vacationing in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Biden, 71, was prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, and isolated in the beach town. On Sunday, she received her second negative test and was cleared to travel to the Bidens’ house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Biden’s deputy communications director Kelsey Donohue said she “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and will remain in Delaware where she has reinitiated isolation procedures.” She added: “The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing and close contacts have been notified.”
A rebound case for Jill Biden. pic.twitter.com/IQcvzZGU8D
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 24, 2022
Joe Biden returned from Rehoboth Beach to the White House Wednesday morning, but Dr. Jill stayed behind to isolate in their Delaware beach house.
While her spokesperson said she is not experiencing any COVID symptoms, Biden tweeted Wednesday that she was grateful to have her cat Willow with her “as I recover from COVID-19.”
She won’t leave my side!
I’m grateful to have Willow with me as I recover from COVID-19. 💕 pic.twitter.com/UxLVE8FQwf
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) August 25, 2022
Joe Biden, who is also quadruple vaxxed, also recently tested positive for COVID-19 twice. He first tested positive for COVID on July 21 and then tested positive for the second time in a “Paxlovid rebound” on July 30. He tested negative for the rebound case on August 6.
In addition to Jill Biden, Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, both quadruple vaxxed, also tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
For Austin, it was his second bout of COVID since January of this year. Both men claimed to be experiencing mild symptoms thanks to the mRNA shots. Austin reportedly returned to his Pentagon office on Monday after testing negative for the virus on Sunday.
Bourla, like Joe and Jill Biden, said he was taking the Pfizer drug Paxlovid to treat the illness, even though he is not considered high risk at age 60, and claimed to be experiencing only mild symptoms.
After taking a course of Paxlovid, many vaccinated patients see a temporary pause in symptoms, and then a resurgence of viral replication and symptoms a week or two later.
Both Joe Biden and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci suffered rebounds after taking the drug, and in Fauci’s case, the rebound was more severe than his initial case of COVID.
The White House said Joe Biden was considered a close contact, and despite his recent bout with the virus, would wear a mask “for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity to others” in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, an early treatment advocate and early vaccine critic, tweeted on Wednesday that none of his COVID patients have suffered a rebound after being treated with his protocol.
Rebound has never been reported with the “McCullough Protocol” since it was designed by experienced doctors treating patients who know that mono therapy is inappropriate for seniors. Sad to see our public figures get inadequate care—prolongs the illness and infectivity. pic.twitter.com/xIBb5DMwgu
— Peter McCullough, MD MPH (@P_McCulloughMD) August 25, 2022