Trumps – AP
Donald Trump’s 14-year-old son Barron contracted coronavirus after both his parents tested positive, the first lady has confirmed.
Melania Trump said Barron had the virus but had not exhibited any symptoms, and was now negative. His father, the president, said he was doing “fine”.
In an essay entitled “My Personal Experience with Covid-19,” Mrs Trump wrote, that, after she and the president were diagnosed on Oct 1, “naturally my mind went immediately to our son.”
Barron initially tested negative but “my fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” Mrs Trump wrote in the piece, which was released on social media by the white House.
She said Barron is a “strong teenager” and 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.”
Mrs Trump also gave the first detailed account of her own illness, describing it as a “roller coaster,” and discussing how she went down a “natural route” to treat it.
She said: “I was very fortunate as my diagnosis came with minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.”
That included body aches, a cough and headaches, and she felt “extremely tired most of the time”.
Mrs Trump, 50, added: “I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food.
“I encourage everyone to continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy.”
She added: “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.”
The first lady thanked the “wonderful caretakers around us” including Dr Sean Conley, the White House physician, and his team, saying she would be “forever grateful”.
Mrs Trump said that she spent her time reflecting.
She wrote: “We are in unprecedented times – and with the election fast approaching, it has been easy to get caught up in so much negative energy.
“It also cheered me to think of all the people I have met across our country and the world – and the goodness and compassion that exists if you seek it out.”
She said, in addition to a healthy lifestyle, “compassion and humility are just as important in keeping our minds strong.”
Addressing those who were sick, and their loved ones, she said: “I am thinking of you and will be thinking of you every day.”
She added; “I am happy to report that I have tested negative and hope to resume my duties as soon as I can.
“Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand just how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care that we did.”