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Biden masking again as First Lady tests positive for Covid

President Joe Biden talks to staff at the National Institutes of Health. (Oliver Contreras/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)
September 06, 2023

President Joe Biden is masking again after First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to White House officials.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday that Biden “is not experiencing any symptoms,” following the White House’s announcement Monday that the president had tested negative for COVID-19.

“As far as the steps that he’s taking since the president was with the first lady yesterday — he will be masking while indoors and around people in alignment with CDC guidance,” Jean-Pierre said.

However, Biden will not wear a mask when he is sufficiently distanced from others or when outdoors. He is slated to take another COVID-19 test before leaving for India and will maintain a “regular testing cadence” following the First Lady’s positive test for COVID-19.

Biden’s health is under heightened scrutiny due to his upcoming international trip to New Delhi, India, for the G-20 Summit, followed by a meeting with leaders in Vietnam.

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Jean-Pierre explained that Jill Biden is currently “experiencing mild symptoms” and is expected to “remain in Delaware” for the rest of the week. While Jill Biden will remain in Delaware, Joe Biden will continue his scheduled activities, including his international trips, while adhering to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

When asked about contingency plans for the G-20 summit, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, “We have long experience now from the early days of the administration in managing for situations in which COVID plays a role at summits. We’ve seen various leaders at various times participate virtually in events.”

According to Fox News, both Joe Biden and Jill Biden are fully vaccinated and boosted.

The CDC recommends that those who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case should begin wearing a mask immediately, regardless of vaccination status. Symptoms of the virus can develop up to 10 days post-exposure.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.