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Because President Biden is considered a close contact of the first lady according to CDC guidance, he will wear a mask for 10 days when indoors and when in close proximity to others.
Bebtelovimab is designed as a treatment option for those newly diagnosed with COVID-19 who cannot take Paxlovid and are deemed at high risk of severe outcomes. It replaces a series of monoclonal treatments that no longer are effective against virus due to mutation.
The illness is making about the same number or more people sick compared to last year, but far fewer are going to the hospital, doctor says.
Since Paxlovid became available seven months ago, it has eclipsed other available therapies created to forestall life-threatening COVID symptoms in high-risk patients. Some doctors are quick to prescribe it, but as with so much about the COVID pandemic, there is controversy. Some patients are concerned about a possible rebound of the disease, while others have difficulty convincing their doctors they are good candidates for the drug.
The president has had mild symptoms including cough, sore throat and body aches since his initial positive test last Thursday.
The state will receive 7,800 doses of Novavax, a fourth vaccine approved for use in the U.S.

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White House COVID coordinator Ashish Jha said none of Biden's 17 identified close contacts have so far tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cases in the United States are up more than 25% in the last month, according to CDC data, as the rapidly spreading BA.5 subvariant has taken hold.
The dominant omicron variant of the coronavirus is five times more infectious than the original strain, driving numbers higher than previous summers despite immunity from prior infection or vaccination.

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