• President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. 
  • He posted a maskless photo, taken by a White House photographer, on Twitter saying he was doing well. 
  • The photographer stood six feet away and wore an N-95 mask, according to White House officials. 

A White House photographer stood six feet away from President Joe Biden and wore an N-95 mask to take his photo for social media after the president tested positive for COVID- test on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a briefing. 

The president's official account tweeted the photo, which shows Biden sitting maskless at a desk in a suit and button-up dress shirt.

In the tweet, Biden said he was "doing great" after his diagnosis and said he was "keeping busy!"


Dr. Asish Jha, the White House's COVID-19 coordinator, said the photographer took all the right precautions. 

"It was a very safe thing to do," he said during the press briefing. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those with COVID-19 isolate themselves from others to prevent spreading the virus.

The CDC recommends wearing a well-fitting mask if you "must be around others in your home" after testing positive for COVID-19. 

The photographer also took a video of Biden, posted to his Twitter account. As an extra precaution, the video was filmed outside, Jean-Pierre said. 

"Keep the faith, it's going to be okay," Biden said in the video. 

Biden will stay in isolation for at least five days until he gets a negative COVID-19 test, Jean-Pierre said. 

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