First Lady Announces That Son Barron Had Tested Positive For COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump gave the speech in front of 1500 invited guests. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: First lady Melania Trump (L) looks at her son Barron Trump after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn o... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: First lady Melania Trump (L) looks at her son Barron Trump after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump gave the speech in front of 1500 invited guests. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 14, 2020 4:11 p.m.
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First lady Melania Trump announced in a statement on Wednesday that in addition to her and President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, their son Barron contracted the novel coronavirus as well.

The first lady recounted how she “immediately” thought about their son upon her and the President testing positive for COVID-19, but that Barron initially tested negative.

The first lady then recalled how her “fear came true” when Barron was tested again for COVID-19 and received a positive result. She said that her son “exhibited no symptoms” at the time.

“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,” the first lady wrote. “He has since tested negative.”

The first lady wrote that she was “very fortunate” that her diagnosis came with “minimal symptoms,” but that she had experienced “a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after” that “hit me all at once.”

“I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time,” the first lady wrote, before mentioning that she chose “a more natural route” for treatment such as “opting more for vitamins and healthy food.”

The first lady thanked her “wonderful caretakers” and expressed gratitude for White House physician Dr. Sean Conley and his medical team.

The first lady went on to add that her recovery from COVID-19 gave her a lot of time to reflect on her family, especially during the President’s four-day hospitalization at Walter Reed.

“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.”

The first lady concluded that she has now tested negative for COVID-19 and will resume her duties “as soon as I can.”

Shortly after the first lady released her statement, the President told reporters that his son Barron is doing “fine.”

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