ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Barron Trump, the teenage son of US President Donald Trump, contracted coronavirus after his parents tested positive for COVID-19 but have since tested negative, First Lady Melania Trump has said. In a blog posted on the White House website, the First Lady said that Barron, 14, exhibited no symptoms, a departure from herself and the President, who have both said they experienced mild symptoms.
The President who is back on his campaign trail, said at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, “He (Barron) had it for such a short period of time.” A billboard leading people to the Iowa event, reads, ‘Trump COVID super spreader event’ and has an arrow underneath. More than 10,000 people attended the rally that took place at a hangar at the Des Moines airport. Immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci had said on Monday that holding large rallies was “asking for trouble”.
Trump’s attitude towards the coronavirus has been criticised widely—the President didn’t advocate wearing masks or wear masks himself until July. In March, he compared the virus to the common flu.
Trump, who was tested positive for the virus on October 2, returned to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on October 5 and said the drugs by Regeneron pharmaceuticals given to him were a ‘cure’ to the coronavirus.
Sharing her experience, Melania said that she was very fortunate as her diagnosis came with minimal symptoms, though they hit her all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.
“I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time. I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food. We had wonderful caretakers around us and we will be forever grateful for the medical care and professional discretion we received from Dr Conley and his team,” she said. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins are vital to keep our bodies healthy, she said.
“For your complete well-being, compassion and humility are just as important in keeping our minds strong. For me personally, the most impactful part of my recovery was the opportunity to reflect on many things family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are,” she wrote.