The hoarseness and coughing seen by reporters during President Joe Biden’s Friday speech are not symptoms of COVID-19 or any other serious respiratory illness, the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, continues after Mr. Biden’s cough. Said in a letter. Friday morning speech.
“As is clearly evident, President Biden is experiencing some increased nasal congestion this week. It can be heard in his voice and he is feeling the colloquially famous ‘frog’s throat’ ,” Dr. O’Connor wrote in the letter, which was distributed by the White House Press Office.
Dr O’Connor has been in charge of Biden’s medical care since 2009, when the then Army officer was appointed as the then Vice President’s physician as part of his duties in the White House Medical Unit. He is the first civilian to serve as the President’s physician in several decades, having retired from the military in 2017.
The White House released Dr O’Connor’s letter several hours after Mr Biden gave comments on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ November jobs report, pausing several times to clear his throat while doing so.
Clearing Biden’s throat has been a frequent feature in his many public appearances since becoming the oldest person to serve as president in January. The behavior raised enough questions about whether it reflects a problem with Biden’s health that Dr O’Connor reported in a November 19 memo about the results of Biden’s annual physical exam because of its “increasing frequency and seriousness”.
Although Dr O’Connor noted in a November memo that Mr Biden’s throat was something he had seen since starting his treatment in 2009, he said the symptoms “require detailed investigation”.
But such symptoms, combined with the hoarseness Mr Biden displayed on Friday, so alarmed reporters that the first question he was asked at the conclusion of his remarks was: “Your voice is a little different. Are you okay?”
Mr Biden replied that he was “fine” and said he was tested daily for COVID-19. He attributed his hoarse voice to “just a cold” he picked up from his grandson, Beau Biden Jr.
“I have a one-and-a-half year old grandson who had a cold, who loves to kiss his pop,” he said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in her daily press briefing a few hours later that the president’s symptoms were being treated with “some over-the-counter cold medicine, and probably some cough drops and some tea”. .
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