Melania Trump said Wednesday that her son 14-year-old son Barron Trump tested positive for COVID-19, after testing negative for an initial test previously.
In a statement released by the White House, the First Lady recounted her experience battling the coronavirus and revealed that her child with President Trump tested positive despite exhibiting no symptoms.
“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,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
Both the First Lady and the Commander-in-Chief contracted the virus earlier this month, which she said came with minimal symptom” but became a “roller coaster of symptoms” that hit her in the days after the positive diagnosis.
She said she experienced body aches, a cough, and headaches while feeling “extremely tired” during the virus scare. Trump said she combatted her symptoms with a “more natural route,” consuming vitamins and healthy foods.
“It was an unfamiliar feeling for me to be the patient instead of a person trying to encourage our nation to stay healthy and safe. It was me being taken care of now, and getting first-hand experience with all that COVID-19 can do,” she said. “As the patient, and the person benefitting from so much medical support, I found myself even more grateful and in awe of caretakers and first responders everywhere. To the medical staff and the residence staff who have been taking care of our family—thank you doesn’t say enough.”
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more than 216,000 deaths in the US, as cases continue to climb despite the anticipated second wave yet to hit stateside. Despite the rising case numbers, many schools across the country — from K-12 to colleges — have opted to continue a curriculum with remote and in-person learning experiences despite warnings that children play can get sick.
Recently, a study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Hospital for Children found that children play a huge role in spreading the virus while having a “significantly higher level” of the coronavirus compared to hospitalized adults being treated for the bug.
“Kids are not immune from this infection, and their symptoms don’t correlate with exposure and infection,” Alessio Fasano, director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at MGH, said in a statement about the study. “During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have mainly screened symptomatic subjects, so we have reached the erroneous conclusion that the vast majority of people infected are adults. However, our results show that kids are not protected against this virus. We should not discount children as potential spreaders for this virus.”
While younger people were initially thought to be safe from severe infections, recent analysis shows they are more likely to experience atypical symptoms such as neuropathies (shaking, loss of smell and taste) while not necessarily feeling the common symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.