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Biden tests positive again in COVID rebound, heads back to isolation [Updated]

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The president finished one course of Paxlovid. Now doc is watching rebound closely.


US President Joe Biden waves from his isolation following a virtual meeting on July 26, 2022.

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden waves from his isolation following a virtual meeting on July 26, 2022.

Update 7/30/2022, 4: 00pm ET: Late this Saturday morning, President Joe Biden once again tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, marking the start of a COVID-19 “rebound.”

According to the president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, Biden is not experiencing any renewed symptoms and “continues to feel quite well.” However, due to the positive rapid antigen test, he will re-enter isolation.

Biden, 79, first tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 Thursday, July 21 while experiencing mild symptoms. He immediately began a five-day course of the antiviral Paxlovid, which had ended by Tuesday, July 26, when he tested negative on a rapid antigen test. He continued to test negative on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before testing positive again today.

Given his current lack of symptoms, O’Connor said Biden is not starting another round of Paxlovid. But the president will remain under close observation.

Notably, top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, 81, also experienced a COVID-19 rebound after a five-day course of Paxlovid in June. He reported that his rebound symptoms were “much worse” than his initial case and took a second five-day course of Paxlovid.

Original story 7/27/2022, 11: 01am ET:President Joe Biden has now tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on two separate rapid antigen tests, and he is ending his “strict isolation measures.”

The president tested negative Tuesday evening and then again on Wednesday morning, the president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, wrote in his daily update letter of the president’s SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Biden, 79, first tested positive Thursday morning while experiencing mild symptoms of a runny nose, fatigue, and a dry cough.

After the diagnosis, he immediately went into isolation and began a five-day course of the antiviral Paxlovid. He completed that course 36 hours ago, O’Connor wrote. The president is fever-free, and the rest of his symptoms are improving and are “almost completely resolved.”

Biden will now leave his isolation but will wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days. The decision to end isolation exceeds the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which does not require negative tests to end isolation. The agency advises that people can end their isolation after five days, without a test, as long as they are fever-free and their symptoms are improving, but they should mask until 10 days after testing positive.

O’Connor ended the letter by noting the possibility that Biden could experience a COVID “rebound” following his course of Paxlovid. It’s unclear why, but some people with COVID-19 experience a resurgence of symptoms and again test positive after an initial but brief recovery. This phenomenon has been particularly reported in patients who take Paxlovid, but the percentage of people who experience a rebound remains unknown.

“The President will increase his testing cadence, both to protect people around him and to assure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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