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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – President Joe Biden remains positive for COVID-19, the White House confirmed Wednesday, almost two weeks after first contracting the virus and one week after sharing a negative test result.

The administration announced Biden’s initial diagnosis on July 21, the same day he tested positive for the virus. He had “mild symptoms, mostly rhinorrhea (or ‘runny nose’) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough,” according to presidential physician Kevin O’Connor, and quickly began taking the drug Paxlovid.

On July 27, the president announced via Twitter he had tested negative and would be ending isolation. Three days later, however, he announced he had tested positive again but was asymptomatic. O’Connor said that such “rebounds” happen with “a small percentage” of patients who receive Paxlovid.

On August 3, the White House released another update from O’Connor, who said Biden “continues to feel well,” with a less frequent “occasional cough,” no fever, clear lungs, and normal temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation.

Regarding the administration’s preferred COVID treatment, The Blaze senior editor Daniel Horowitz wrote of Paxlovid, “because it’s mixed with AIDS drug ritonavir, it is contraindicated with 32 entire classes of drugs, many of which are universal to those at risk for COVID because of other underlying conditions,” and noted that possible side effects acknowledged by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration include liver problems and high blood pressure.

“It’s true that a computer model study did show efficacy of Paxlovid as a protease binder against Omicron, but guess what?” Horowitz continued. “That same study concluded, ‘Ivermectin showed the highest binding affinity and may be the most effective drug candidate against the Omicron variant.’ Plus, ivermectin can be used later in the disease because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties.” Yet the public health establishment has been largely hostile to ivermectin.

Meanwhile, the “fully vaccinated and twice-boosted” Biden, who falsely claimed a year ago that “you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” is the latest in a string of members of his administration and other prominent Democrats to contract COVID despite receiving the controversial shots.

The revelation has also intensified already-rampant speculation as to whether Biden will seek reelection, given his deep unpopularity, advanced age, and mental health. The president frequently makes odd, incoherent statements, appears lost and confused in public appearances, and maintains a “guarded” existence when not in public view, according to The New York Times.

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