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Trump’s son Barron also had coronavirus

 International Desk

 Published: 02:36 PM, 15 October 2020  

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump's 14-year-old son Barron also contracted coronavirus but has since tested negative. 

Melania said her "fear came true" when Barron tested positive for Covid-19. But, "luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms", she said. 

Both the president and first lady also tested positive for coronavirus - as well as other White House staff - but have since recovered.

Later at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump said: "He [Barron] had it for such a short period of time.” The president said his son had had a mild case of the virus.

"I don't even think he knew he had it because they're young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off." He added: "Barron is beautiful and he is free." 

The president cited his son's recovery as a reason why American schools should reopen as soon as possible, a move opposed by teachers' unions who fear their members could be infected by students.

He told the crowd: "Barron's tested positive. Within, like, two seconds it was Barron is just fine now. He's tested negative, right?” "Because it happens. People have it and it goes. Get the kids back to school."

Meanwhile, Melania revealed Barron's positive test result in an essay entitled "My Personal Experience with Covid-19", published on the White House website.

After she and the president received their positive results two weeks ago, she said: "naturally, my mind went immediately to our son".

Melania said it was a "great relief" when Barron initially tested negative but was concerned he would later test positive for the virus. "My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive," she said, adding that Barron 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," she wrote.

The first lady also reflected on her own diagnosis. She said she experienced a "roller coaster of symptoms", including body aches, a cough and fatigue.

"I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food," she wrote. 

In her statement, Melania also said the "most impactful part" of her recovery was "the opportunity to reflect on many things - family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are".

The first lady said she would be resuming her duties as soon as she could. - BBC