A gravelly voiced President Biden says he has a cold

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“I’m fine,” Biden said at the end of his speech when asked about his voice, which he interrupted several times to clear his throat.

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“I am doing tests every day, a Covid test,” he said. “I have a one-and-a-half year old grandson who had a cold who likes to kiss his pop. Anyway, it’s just a cold.”

Biden on his November jobs report sounded hoarse, his voice lower than normal pitch. At one point he turned away from his microphone to cough into his hand.


He did not wear a mask during his speech; He doesn’t usually wear one during White House remarks.

A day earlier, as he was returning to the White House from a speech about his winter COVID strategy at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, a reporter asked Biden how he was feeling.

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Pausing and turning to the cameras, Biden shouted: “Great!”

It is not uncommon for presidents to appear cranky or more tired than usual in public; The job is exhausting and usually requires interacting with a wide range of people. The President repeatedly uses hand sanitizer gel to avoid getting sick.

Yet in the COVID-19 pandemic era, every change in the position of Commander-in-Chief is closely monitored. After then-President Donald Trump revealed he had Covid last year, he voiced and appeared under the weather.

This week, an excerpt from a book by Trump’s then chief of staff revealed that the former president had actually tested positive for Covid several days before it was initially known. In an excerpt obtained by The Guardian, Mark Meadows wrote that Trump later tested negative.

For his part, Biden’s disclosure that he is tested for COVID every day goes beyond what the White House has revealed about his testing. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday this week that she last tested negative on Monday.

In February, the White House said Biden would be tested for Covid every two weeks, on the recommendation of his doctor, who cited the vaccine’s efficacy rate. Saki said on Wednesday that “nothing has changed” in the testing protocol.

He also said Biden’s itinerary and roster of engagements at the White House would not be changed due to the Omicron coronavirus version, which government health officials are still studying to determine potential and potential resistance to vaccines.

Biden’s presumption that he contracted a cold from his young grandson would be familiar to parents and grandparents of young children. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the common cold is the main reason Americans don’t work, and adds that adults get an average of two or three colds per year. Kids have more.

The CDC says most people recover from a cold in seven to 10 days, but people with weakened immune systems, asthma or respiratory conditions are at risk for more serious illness, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

The agency recommends taking rest and fluids and staying at home to avoid infecting others.

Earlier this month, Biden’s doctor conducted a typical examination of the president’s “increasing frequency and severity of ‘clearing throat’ and coughing during speaking engagements.”

They found that Biden had what’s known as a hiatal hernia, which caused reflux—something the doctor said could be responsible for his more frequent throat clearings.

This story has been updated with additional information.


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