Dr. Jill Biden tested positive for Covid, she only has ‘mild symptoms’

I’ve been following the US Open since the first round, and it’s bonkers how many people – fans, ESPN commentators and players – have come down with a “mysterious respiratory illness” in New York. The first three rounds had people dropping out of the tournament, retiring from matches or getting repeated visits from the doctor on-site. John McEnroe is one of the few to call it what it is and tell people he tested positive for Covid at the start of the tournament (he only came back on air after a week). All of this to say, there’s another Covid wave happening right now and, just like in 2020, it seems to be hitting the East Coast first. Dr. Jill Biden tested positive for Covid on Monday and she plans to spend the week isolating at the Bidens’ Delaware home while her husband has a full schedule.

First lady Dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, her communications director confirmed Monday.

“This evening, the First lady tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms,” Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the First lady, said in a statement Sunday night.

Dr. Biden is expected to remain at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the rep’s statement noted.

Following Dr. Biden’s positive test, President Joe Biden took a COVID test on Monday evening and tested negative, his press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

“The President will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms,” Jean-Pierre noted in the statement.

President Biden is scheduled to depart the U.S. on Thursday for a trip to India and Vietnam.

[From ABC News]

The deranged anti-vaxx, anti-science people are screaming “but I thought you wouldn’t get Covid if you got vaccinated.” Morons. Again, Dr. Biden is fully vaxxed and boostered, which is probably why she only has mild symptoms. This is a new strain of Covid and the new booster shots will be rolled out in the next month. I would imagine the Bidens will be first in line to get the new boosters. Anyhoodle, this is just a reminder: schedule your Covid booster and flu shots in the next month.

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  1. I wish her well and glad the vaccine is helping keep her out of the hospital and only has mild symptoms. As for the anti-vaxxers we’ll go crawl back into your holes and wait for death. I’m patiently waiting for the new booster and will get flu shot at the same time.

  2. Scarlett says:

    I am just getting over Covid, third time in three years, the first two were like bad colds, this one kicked my behind, every single inch of me hurt and hurt bad, still dealing with the post Covid fatigue. I am vaxxed and boosted and yet…stupid ‘Rona.

    So glad our first lady’s symptoms are mild. Get better soon Dr. B!

    FWIW my husband tested negative every single day, meanwhile I was down for the count for almost a week.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      My last booster was a year ago. Don’t think it would help much at this point. I continue to mask in crowded public spaces. It’s the best defense.

      • Scarlett says:

        @Brassy Rebel. My genius brain forgot that my booster was a year back and was ineffective, and yet I stopped masking ( I live in a very pro-Trump county and got tired of being heckled for masking)., both big mistakes on my end. I am back to masking now, going to ignore the haters.

  3. ML says:

    I’m really glad that Jill Biden is only experiencing mild symptoms and that the US is taking Covid sort of seriously. My husband called me up from home and sent me out for self tests here because he’s sick. They’re nearly impossible to find (I bought the last two) and the doctor’s office and pharmacy told us to just have him stay at home , rest, take fluids and paracetamol if necessary and make an appointment if it doesn’t go over in a week. Seriously.
    If you’re especially vulnerable, please take good care of yourself!

  4. Elaine says:

    Please wear a mask this fall, they work.

    • Ripley says:

      Came here to say exactly this. I’m still masking at work and grocery store and have never (knocks wood) contracted it. When my (then) four year old two years ago got it from PreK, we switched up sleeping arrangements and masked up — nobody else got it.

    • North of Boston says:

      I masked pretty consistently up until this spring. Then spread seemed to be going down in my area so I stopped except for when I knew I’d be in a crowd.

      But yesterday I was running errands at a shopping plaza, and there was this teen boy with a bad cough, he’d be fine for a few minutes and then hack hack hack. I was avoiding him and the kids he was with, trying to stay out of their airspace. And then I remembered: I have a mask in my purse! On it went and on it will stay. Because cases are rising and not everyone with COVID and infectious will have obvious symptoms. The kid may have had bronchitis or something else non-infectious, but he made me realize: why am I increasing my risk of exposure by not wearing a mask in public? It’s such an easy thing to do.

      And yes I will get the booster when I can, especially because I’ve got a couple medically vulnerable relatives I hang out with a lot.

    • Reborn Rich says:

      I never stopped wearing my mask. I keep them in my purse and in my car. I also carry a CO2 monitor. If the number is in the yellow zone, I know I am breathing other people’s air, and I pop one on. It’s fascinating that some business have excellent filtration and others have almost none, with doors closed and AC on. Be especially careful in Ubers /Taxis with closed windows. Just a slightly lowered window can make a big difference. Good luck out there!

  5. MsIam says:

    Well, this is what was predicted, another wave in the fall. Hopefully people will be better prepared and this variant won’t be a deadly one.

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    Even with mild cases…Covid is DECIMATING veins which sets up HUGE issues to your organs & autoimmune system down the road….

  7. Juxtapoze says:

    My husband & I forgot masks for a short flight/long weekend vacation at the end of July. Only one person on the flight wore a mask. We both caught the latest strain of Covid. Two full weeks of feeling like I had a sinus infection & major fatigue. Btwn all the airline hassles/delays and Covid, flying doesn’t even seem worth it these days. We’re postponing our 25 anniversary trip until next year because we’re just not up for it.

  8. Flamingo says:

    I had the covid/flu combo last December. I waited too long for the last booster and got nailed hard. Never want to go through that again. I am due again in October and will be first in line to get the Flu/Covid shot combo. This thing will always mutate and will be part of our lives for the foreseeable future.

  9. Chaine says:

    Seemingly everyone in my family has caught it, independently in different states, in the past month. I’m still virus-free, knock on wood. Don’t understand why they did not get the updated boosters out sooner. By the time it’s available we’ll all have already had covid again at this rate.

    • Marigold says:

      A booster that coincides with the start of “sick season” makes the most sense. You want it to have the most efficacy through the winter months.

  10. Elo says:

    I just got over Covid and I’m in Texas. I’ve had all vaccines and boosters. I was very sick the first time. This time was for a shorter duration but it was still awful.

  11. bisynaptic says:

    Please wear a respirator!

  12. Mrs. S says:

    No one in my immediate family – husband, parents, kids, or grandkids have had it. We’re all vaccinated but not boosted. My one son in law had it, but my daughter and grandkids locked him upstairs for the week and were lucky to not contract it.

    We stopped wearing masks when it was permitted. I hate wearing them since I have a panic attack when something is touching my face, but I’m a rule follower, so if mandated again, I will return to wearing them.

  13. Scotchy says:

    I mask everywhere but due to having a stroke and being at risk have not had a booster. I took my mask off for literally 5 minutes at an outdoor spot( it was slightly crowded) and of course got covid. It was my first time getting it since it began and the only time I had been unmasked in a public place and immediately caught the newest strain so mask up. It works.