Barron Trump Tested Positive For COVID-19, Melania Trump Confirms
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s teenage son tested positive shortly after they both revealed their COVID-19 diagnosis, according to a new blog written by the first lady.
Barron Trump, the 14-year-old son of President Trump and Melania Trump, tested positive for COVID-19, the First Lady revealed Wednesday. Melania, who also had COVID-19, said she has since tested negative for the virus.
In a written statement, Melania detailed her own experience with COVID-19, which has killed more than 216,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide.
Melania wrote that after she and President Trump tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, her “mind went immediately to [Barron].” She said Barron first tested negative for the virus, but later tested positive.
“My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive. Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms,” Melania wrote. “In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together.”
Melania said she had “minimal symptoms” of COVID-19, but that they seemed to hit her “all at once.”
“I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time,” she said.
She also went on to say she opted for a “more natural route” in terms of treatment by taking vitamins and eating healthy foods. Melania also thanked the medical team that took care of the first family. She wrote that she has since tested negative and hopes to resume her duties as soon as she can.
“Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand just how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care that we did,” Melania continued. “I pray for our country and I pray for everyone who is grappling with COVID-19 and any other illnesses or challenges.”
President Trump announced on Twitter he and Melania had tested positive in the early hours of October 2. He was later that day flown to Walter Reed Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution,” where he stayed for three days. Trump has since told the public that he is feeling better and called getting COVID-19 “a blessing from God” after he said he was treated with the experimental treatment Regeneron.
A little more than a week after announcing his diagnosis, the president returned to the campaign trail with a rally in Florida, despite experts warning that his public outings may have come too soon. (He had been cleared for public outings by his doctor.) After Trump’s diagnosis, the second debate was set to be virtual, but after days of back and forth on how the president would participate, it was cancelled on Friday.