Anthony Fauci says his COVID-19 symptoms worsened significantly during ‘rebound’

Dr Anthony Fauci said he experienced a hard rebound in COVID-19 symptoms after contracting the virus earlier this month.

Fauci, the infectious disease expert and adviser on the national response to COVID-19, told a health summit on Tuesday that his symptoms were “minimal” at first, but he was put on the antiviral drug Paxlovid. when they got worse, The Hill reported.

The 81-year-old said he tested negative for three days after the five-day treatment, then tested positive again on day four.

Fauci said he was suffering from fatigue and congestion but was doing “really great,” according to ABC News. But he felt “really bad” during what he called the “Paxlovid rebound”. He told the summit he was now undergoing a second treatment with the drug.

The so-called “Paxlovid rebound” caught the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which warned the medical community to be aware of a possible return of symptoms even more than a week after recovery.

Fauci had not yet caught the virus.

“I am vaccinated. I’m doubly boosted,” he said on a June 23 White House conference call after falling ill. “And I believe that if it wasn’t, I most likely wouldn’t be talking to you, looking as good as I look, I think, right now.”



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