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Barron Trump was positive for the coronavirus and is now negative, first lady says

President Trump and his son Barron wave from the top of the steps to Air Force One
After President Trump and Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Barron Trump had tested negative. He later tested positive without symptoms, the first lady said.
(Associated Press)

Melania Trump said Wednesday that her 14-year-old son, Barron, had tested positive for the coronavirus not long after his parents but had no symptoms. She made the revelation in a lengthy note chronicling her personal experience with COVID-19, including being hit with a “roller coaster” of symptoms that she said she treated naturally with vitamins and healthful food.

The first lady said she is now negative and hopes to resume her duties soon.

After she and President Trump tested positive early this month, the White House said Barron had tested negative. Barron later tested positive for the virus but had no symptoms, the first lady said Wednesday, adding that he has since tested negative again.

“Barron’s fine,” the president told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign trip to Iowa.

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After she and the president received their positive results Oct. 1, Melania Trump wrote that “naturally, my mind went immediately to our son.” He tested negative and she was relieved, but she kept thinking about what would happen in the days to come, she said.

“My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” she said in a lengthy note released on social media.

Sounding a bit like the president, the first lady said she 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.”

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President Trump has called his bout with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, a “ blessing in disguise.” He was hospitalized for three days and treated with various therapies and drugs, including steroids, supplemental oxygen and an experimental antibody treatment.

Mrs. Trump did not explain why Barron’s positive diagnosis was not made public earlier, but she has fiercely protected the ninth-grader’s privacy.

As for her own trials with the disease, the first lady said she was “fortunate” to have had minimal symptoms, “though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.”

She described body aches, a cough and headaches and said she felt extremely tired most of the time.

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To treat it, “I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food,” she said.

The first lady praised the care provided by Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, and his team, and said it was an “unfamiliar feeling” to be the patient.

“It was me being taken care of now, and getting first-hand experience with all that COVID-19 can do,” she said.

The disease has killed more than 216,000 people in the U.S. and caused nearly 8 million infections here, according to the latest count from Johns Hopkins University.

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Democrat Joe Biden has made President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic an issue in the presidential campaign.

Melania Trump acknowledged her family was “fortunate” to have received “the kind of care that we did.” She added, “If you are sick, or if you have a loved one who is sick — I am thinking of you and will be thinking of you every day.”


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