US first lady Melania Trump shared a detailed account of the Trump family’s Covid-19 experience in a personal essay posted on the White House website. Donald Trump and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. The first lady also revealed that her son, Barron Trump, 14, had also tested positive, but later tested negative for the virus. However, his diagnosis was not shared with the public by the White House.
“Trump family’s COVID-19 tests have now come negative”
“Naturally, my mind went immediately to our son,” she wrote. Barron Trump initially tested negative after she and the President contracted the coronavirus. But the teenager was tested again and turned up positive. Trump says her son had “no symptoms,” and has now tested negative. Trump family’s COVID-19 tests have now come negative and US President Donald Trump has once again started attending campaign rallies for his re-election.
In a campaign rally in Iowa on Wednesday, the president reported that his son was “fine” in an answer to questions about Melania Trump’s essay. Barron, the President said, “had it for such a short period of time.” He continued, “I don’t even think he knew he had it, because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off. 99.9%. And Barron is beautiful and he’s free.”
Trump family’s covid-19 struggles seem to be behind them
Trump used his son’s recovery as an example to push the reopening of schools in America, a move opposed by teachers’ unions who fear their members could be infected by students, “Because it happens. People have it and it goes. Get the kids back to school.”
In her essay, describing her symptoms, the first lady wrote they were “minimal, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.” She said she had body aches, cough, headaches and was extremely tired.
However, unlike her Donald Trump, Melania was not admitted to the hospital for treatment, and remained quarantined at the White House residence. She also said that her treatment was more natural as she “chose a more natural route,” relying on “vitamins and healthy food,” and not a cocktail of medications, whereas, Mr Trump was administered doses of an experimental drug.
Donald Trump has from the start flouted the use of masks despite filming a few PSAs about the importance of mask-wearing, the first lady has only used a mask on rare occasions and has attended several public events without any mask, risking others to the infection.
Since the Trump family’s Covid-19 diagnosis, the staff at the white house have taken precautions to protect themselves against the virus including wearing masks and personal protective equipment, according to a statement from the first lady’s office. The President has claimed he is now “immune” to the virus as he continues to attend public events in person while refusing to wear masks and practice social distancing among other CDC and public health guidelines.