Melania Trump says Barron tested positive for Covid-19 but ‘strong teenager’ exhibited no symptoms
First Lady Melania Trump said on Wednesday, October 14, that after an initial negative test, the youngest of the Trump kids, 14-year-old Barron, tested positive for COVID-19. “It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received -- I tested positive for COVID-19," Melania said in a statement. "To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news."
She further said, "Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief, he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think ‘what about tomorrow or the next day?’ My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive. Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. 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. He has since tested negative.”
The First Lady then went into detail about how she was “very fortunate” as her diagnosis came with minimal symptoms. She said that she experienced body aches, a cough, and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time. She added that she “chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food.”
She said that recovering from an illness gives one a lot of time to reflect. “When my husband was taken to Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time reflecting on my family,” said Melania. “I also thought about the hundreds of thousands of people across our country who have been impacted by this illness that infects people with no discrimination. We are in unprecedented times -- and with the election fast approaching, it has been easy to get caught up in so much negative energy.”
She advised and encouraged everyone to “continue to live the healthiest life they can”. She said, “A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy. For your complete well-being, compassion and humility are just as important in keeping our minds strong. For me personally, the most impactful part of my recovery was the opportunity to reflect on many things -- family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are.”
She concluded her message with, “Thank you to everyone who reached out and offered well wishes and prayers for our family. You remain in ours as well.”
Just recently, the U.S. president also declared himself immune to the virus, despite official guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warning that recovering from COVID-19 does not make a patient immune to the virus. "I beat this crazy, horrible China virus," the president told Fox News.
"I even feel good by the fact that, you know, the word 'immunity' means something -- having really a protective glow means something," he said. "I think it's very important to have that, to have that is a very important thing. The doctors, the White House doctors, as you know are the best, and they said - totally free of spreading. There's no spread.”