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dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden had a temperature of 99.4 degrees on Thursday night, which was being treated with Tylenol.

“His temperature has remained normal since then,” O’Connor wrote.

He is also being treated with an albuterol inhaler “which he uses as needed,” O’Connor added, as well as “oral hydration.”

Biden’s symptoms continue to be a runny nose and fatigue. The president had a dry cough earlier Thursday, but he now has “an occasional unproductive, now ‘loose’ cough,” O’Connor said.

The president continues to take Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug. O’Connor confirmed that Biden has stopped taking previously prescribed drugs Crestor and Eliquis “during treatment with Paxlovid and for several days after his last dose.” To avoid a drug interaction, certain medications such as Crestor and Eliquis are avoided during Paxlovid treatments.

O’Connor reiterated in his letter on Friday that he expects “(Biden) to respond favorably” to the treatment. Biden will continue to isolate and be monitored “closely” by the White House medical unit.

White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, John Berman also told CNN’s “New Day” earlier Friday that Biden’s symptoms remained mild from Thursday night, suggesting the president’s symptoms were “essentially the same.”

“I got an update at 10pm last night and he was fine,” he said. Jha added that he would contact the White House medical team and speak to the president “directly this morning.”

“The symptoms were basically the same — again, he’s got a little runny nose, he’s got a bit of a dry cough,” Jha said.

Asked again if any of Biden’s symptoms got worse, Jha told CNN, “No. As of 10pm last night, no. It was the same symptoms, about the same level of mildness.”

Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday morning, becoming the second US president to contract the virus during the two-and-a-half-year pandemic. In a video posted to Twitter after he tested positive, Biden told Americans he was “doing well” and continued to work while isolated at the White House.

Thursday night he called Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, who also tested positive for Covid-19, the White House said. And he spoke to the hosts of events he planned to attend in Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Images posted to Twitter also showed Biden signed into law the Formula Act on Thursday, which suspends tariffs on certain formula products due to the ongoing shortage, and that he held a meeting with his national security team Friday morning.

Biden is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and has been prescribed Paxlovid because his advanced age puts him at high risk of serious illness. Biden is 79 years old.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Jha are expected to speak with reporters Friday afternoon.

Jha said they still “don’t know much” about where the president contracted the virus, but said close contacts with the president are being sought. He said he was not aware of any subsequent cases. first lady dr. Jill Biden, who is considered a close contact but has tested negative, will remain in Delaware all weekend and “according to guidelines (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” he said.

Jha on CNN Friday also downplayed concerns that the White House press corps has yet to be informed directly by O’Connor after a reporter at Thursday’s briefing said the White House is playing a phone game.

“Dr. O’Connor is his personal physician. You have heard in Dr. O’Connor’s letter. We are fully committed to transparency here. You will hear from Dr. O’Connor via written communication every day. He would make his own statement with this assessment of how the president is doing,” he said.

He said many officials are in contact with Biden and that “the American people will have a very complete picture of how the president is doing.”

Pressured again by Berman about whether there were any plans to make O’Connor available to the press or the public, Jha said O’Connor will “share his information” and that a “variety of government officials” would share information. .

White House officials have been preparing for months for what many saw as the inevitability of Biden facing Covid.

A spate of cases has swept through Washington through the spring and summer, and as more and more of its top officials and members of his family contracted Covid, officials began to believe it was possible that the president himself would become ill, even as they took steps to to protect him from the virus.

White House officials had a loose plan for the day Biden tested positive, including notifying the public when the tests were confirmed and releasing a daily letter from Biden’s doctor about the president’s condition.

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