November 30, 2023

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Fauci’s COVID-19 “returned positive” After taking Pfizer’s oral drug

Fauci’s COVID-19 “returned positive” After taking Pfizer’s oral drug


Fauci’s COVID-19 “returned positive” After taking Pfizer’s oral drug: symptoms are worse than the first time

on June 29, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “returned positive” after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.

On Tuesday he said he was experiencing a “rebound in symptoms” after being treated with Pfizer’s oral antiviral drug. Reports say this is happening to more and more Americans.


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Fauci, 81, said his symptoms were very mild when he first tested positive for the coronavirus two weeks ago. However, when he began to feel sick, doctors prescribed Paxlovid, an oral Pfizer antiviral drug, “considering his age.”


The White House’s top medical adviser said at the time that he was feeling “really fine”, aside from fatigue and a bit of a nasal obstruction, and his rapid test came back negative after five days of Paxlovid treatment.


However, after testing negative for 3 consecutive days, Fauci decided to do another test just in case, and the test came back positive on day 4.


“It’s kind of like what people call a ‘Paxlovid rebound,'” Fauci said Tuesday in a remote interview with Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Health Forum.

He also mentioned that the following day he started to feel “very uncomfortable” and “worse than the first (positive)”.

Paxlovid, an oral antiviral drug made by Pfizer, is licensed in the U.S. for people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing severe disease, the report said.

The “rebound” phenomenon Fauci mentioned refers to the phenomenon of a recurrence of COVID-19 pneumonia symptoms, or a positive test for the virus again, within 2-8 days of recovery from the initial infection.



Fauci's COVID-19 "returned positive" After taking Pfizer's oral drug


Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked doctors to be on the lookout for the seemingly rare but increasingly reported phenomenon.


CDC officials have said brief relapses of new coronavirus symptoms may be part of the virus’ “natural history”, many of which occur in the same group of people, regardless of whether they have taken Paxlovid or been vaccinated.


The report quoted the CDC as saying that although information is still limited, available data suggest that most patients who experience a “rebound” are unlikely to become seriously ill.

There is currently no evidence that patients need additional Paxlovid treatment after experiencing “rebound”.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also stated that “there is currently no evidence that longer courses of treatment, or repeated Paxlovid treatment, are beneficial in patients who have relapsed with COVID-19 symptoms.”


The U.S. CDC currently recommends that COVID-19 patients who are experiencing a “rebound” follow the CDC’s quarantine guidance and take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Patients who “rebound” should be re-isolated for at least 5 days. According to the agency’s guidance, this re-isolation can end after 5 days if the fever has subsided for more than 24 hours and symptoms are improving.

The agency also recommends that doctors tell patients to wear a mask for 10 days after a “rebound”.




Fauci’s COVID-19 “returned positive” After taking Pfizer’s oral drug

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