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Biden has tested positive again. That’s no reason to avoid Paxlovid.

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President Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus again, which is being attributed to his use of the antiviral pill Paxlovid. While a second round of isolation is inconvenient, the possibility of such a rebound should not deter Americans from making use of this highly effective treatment.

Paxlovid is an oral treatment that works by stopping virus replication. When given to vulnerable individuals early in the course of illness, it reduces hospitalization or death by nearly 90 percent.

This, in combination with vaccines, is a game-changer for how we understand risk from covid. Early in pandemic, the coronavirus was greatly feared because it caused potentially fatal respiratory distress, even among healthy young people. Those who have been vaccinated and boosted are already at much lower risk from serious illness. The addition of Paxlovid turns the disease into a manageable ailment, allowing most people to go about their normal lives.

Biden’s covid experience is testament to the power of vaccines and treatments. He had no more than mild symptoms and kept working. By Day 6, after he completed the five-day course of Paxlovid, he tested negative.

His physician has monitored for the possibility of rebound, which........

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