Skip to content
‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation


President Joe Biden apologized for his frog voice as he addressed reporters and his COVID isolation economic staff on Friday afternoon.

“Well thank you, let me start by apologizing — my voice — I feel a lot better than I sound,” the president said at the top of his remarks, his vocal range noticeably deeper.

Biden then explained how gas prices have been falling for more than 30 days.

When it was economist Cecilia Rouse’s turn to speak, Biden could be heard coughing loudly in the background.

He gave a thumbs up to reporters who asked him how he felt as reporters had to leave the room. “I feel a lot better than I sound,” Biden said again.

Biden’s press pool was with his economics team gathered in the South Court auditorium, while the president was kept apart from them in the White House upstairs residence.

During the briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden had been very “active” on Friday.

“The president said he always worked more than eight hours a day,” Jean-Pierre said. “And that he wants to remind Americans to get vaccinated.”

White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told reporters that “the president is doing better.”

“He slept well last night. He had breakfast and lunch. He showed me his plate,” Jha said with a laugh. Saw an empty plate with crumbs in it and had a few guesses what was on there. Didn’t ask.

I asked him what his appetite was. He joked that his only regret was that his appetite hadn’t changed,’ Jha continued.

“He was, he is, in a very good mood,” the COVID coordinator added.

President Joe Biden spoke virtually with his economic advisers and reporters who were gathered in the South Court Auditorium on Friday and gave reporters a thumbs up when asked how he was feeling after contracting COVID -19.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

“Let me start by apologizing — my voice — I feel a lot better than I sound,” the president said at the top of his remarks, his vocal range noticeably deeper.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

The president was heard coughing loudly as economic adviser Cecilia Rouse spoke about gasoline prices at an event on Friday

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

At Friday’s briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (right) said: ‘The president said he was still working more than eight hours a day. She was joined by COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha (left) in the briefing room

Biden’s symptoms “have improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning on Friday and provided by physician to the president, Dr. Kevin O’Connor.

O’Connor reported that Biden had completed his first full day of the antiviral drug Paxlovid, after testing positive for COVID-19 on an antigen and PCR test Thursday morning.

“He ran a temperature last night to 99.4 degrees which responded favorably to acetaminophen (TYLENOL),” the letter read.

O’Connor said Biden’s symptoms continued to be a runny nose, fatigue – and now a “wet” cough.

“His voice is deeper this morning. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain completely normal on room air,” the doctor added.

The White House doctor said Biden would continue Paxlovid, which would be supplemented with oral hydration, acetaminophen and an albuterol inhaler, which is used by asthmatics.

Prior to the release of the doctor’s letter, the White House released another photo of Biden working from the residence – this time he was wearing a mask.

The image shows the president signing the FORMULA Act, a bill on Thursday that temporarily removes tariffs on imported infant formula.

Subsequently, a similar image of Biden from Friday was shared via Twitter.

“President Biden continued to work from the White House this morning, including speaking by phone with his National Security Team,” the tweet read.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

The White House released a new photo of President Joe Biden Friday morning as he works from the residence after testing positive for COVID-19. The new image shows the masked Biden signing the FORMULA Act on Thursday

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

Another image shared early Friday afternoon shows President Joe Biden working from the residence on Friday. “President Biden continued to work from the White House this morning, including speaking by phone with his National Security Team,” a tweet read.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms “have improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning Friday and provided by the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor to the press secretary. Karine Jean-Pierre

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping contacted Biden to wish him a “speedy recovery”, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy and wish you a speedy recovery,” Xi said, according to AFP.

On Wednesday, Biden said he plans to speak with the Chinese leader in the next 10 days, but did not reveal whether he has made a decision on whether to maintain or end Trump-era Chinese tariffs.

Xi’s message was the first contact between the two leaders in four months as relations soured over Taiwan, Ukraine and other issues.

Biden and Xi – who have known each other for decades – held a video call on March 18, with Biden warning Xi not to help Russia invade Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allegedly planning to visit Taiwan next month.

A visit by Pelosi would “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, have a serious impact on the foundations of China-US relations, and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces,” Zhao said.

“If the United States were to insist on taking the wrong path, China will take resolute and strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson added.

COVID-19 originated in China and Biden initially pushed US intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the pandemic, but the effort apparently stalled.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

Chinese state media said Chinese President Xi Jinping reached out to Biden on Friday to tell him of his “speedy recovery” following the US president’s COVID diagnosis.

‘I feel a lot better than I look,’ says Biden of COVID isolation

White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha (right) was making the rounds on morning shows on Friday, telling CNN that Biden was “doing very well” and “the symptoms were basically the same”.

On Friday morning, Jha was making the rounds on the morning shows, saying he last spoke to Biden’s medical team around 10 p.m. Thursday night.

He told CNN that Biden was “doing very well” and “the symptoms were basically the same.”

On ABC Good Morning America, Jha pushed back on the fact that Biden’s age could make battling the virus more problematic.

“He’s about as well protected as he can be against this virus,” Jha replied, pointing to the four COVID vaccine shots the president has received, in addition to his prescription for the antiviral Paxlovid.

Jha will again be present at the White House press conference on Friday afternoon.

The White House has so far resisted putting O’Connor in front of the press.

dailymail us

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.