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Biden’s covid diagnosis is a teaching moment for the country

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21.07.2022

President Biden’s covid-19 diagnosis is an opportunity for his administration to demonstrate the success of his leadership on the pandemic and what living with the coronavirus looks like.

The fact that Biden contracted the coronavirus should not be surprising at all. People around him have been getting infected for months, including Vice President Harris, multiple Cabinet secretaries, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Frankly, I’m surprised Biden had held off infection for so long, given the number of public events he has attended and his proclivity for hugging and shaking hands.

His symptoms so far are mild, and they will likely stay that way. His age is a risk factor, but he is vaccinated and twice-boosted, meaning he is very well protected against severe illness. Biden also received the antiviral pill Paxlovid right after his diagnosis. When taken early in the course of illness, Paxlovid further reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by about 90 percent.

Biden, his medical team and others in the administration have done all the right things to demonstrate what should happen after a covid........

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