Joe Biden tests for COVID-19 ‘not completely out of the woods’ should be monitored or retested for the next 14 days
Despite testing negative for coronavirus after debating President Trump, Joe Biden — and anyone who came into contact with President Trump in recent days — “is not completely out of the woods yet,” doctors say.
Tests can come back negative for people with a new infection who aren’t yet shedding enough virus to detect, explained Dr. Michael Mina, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in the wake of the news that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19.
“I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative,” Biden said on Twitter. “Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”
Biden and President Trump, who tested positive for the virus, shared the stage for the first presidential debate on Tuesday.
Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, also tested negative.
For that reason, Biden and others Trump came into contact with around the time he was infected should be monitored or retested for the next 14 days to make sure they truly are negative, infectious disease experts said.