Audio bombarded by a barking dog, wondering if he looks good on video conference and finally gets to hit the gym – Joe Biden may be the most powerful man in the world, but the ups and downs of Covid isolation are the same as for anyone else.
On Tuesday, Biden’s fifth day was limited to quarters and his doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said the president has now completed a five-day course of the therapeutic Paxlovid, with nearly all symptoms of the coronavirus gone.
“His symptoms have now almost completely disappeared,” O’Connor said in a memorandum.
Biden is expected to be released from isolation once he has tested negative.
But little doubt that the 79-year-old is already more than ready, at least mentally.
While the doctor mostly focused on things like healthy oxygen saturation, pulse, and temperature, the line that really spoke to Biden’s condition was that he “feels well enough to resume his exercise regimen.”
Unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, who mused that gyms and the like could actually be bad for you, Biden works out every morning and also takes leisurely bike rides back home in Delaware on weekends.
“He asked to exercise last night,” press officer Karine Jean-Pierre said. “He likes doing weights. He likes the treadmills.”
Jokes on the screen
The announcement last week that he had tested positive for Covid-19 meant Biden had to cancel domestic travel plans and reduce working hours at the White House, though staff stressed he will continue to perform his full duties.
While he is expected to return to work in person this week, Tuesday was another virtual day, with the president meeting with executives from South Korean giant SK over plans to invest $22 billion in semiconductors and other high-tech devices. industries.
As visitors and senior staff gathered in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Biden appeared laughing at a video screen as he pointed out that he was in fact just a few doors down in the same building.
“I can walk out to the balcony and yell at you,” he said.
In between discussing weighty issues of South Korean-American ties, Biden revealed the more human aspects of working from home that would be familiar to much of the planet in recent years.
“I feel great. I hope it happens” on the screen, Biden joked. “I hope I look as good as usual, which is not so good.”
Then, during a conversation with skilled labor executives, a loud barking dog — possibly Biden’s German Shepherd commander — was heard interrupting the live feed.
Jean-Pierre said Biden is clearly on the mend.
“It brought a smile to my face when I saw that he wants to train,” she said.
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