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President Trump’s 14-year-old son tested positive for the virus but had no symptoms, according to First Lady Melania Trump. Initially Barron Trump had tested negative for coronavirus after his parents were diagnosed with the disease.
But the First Lady revealed that her “fear came true” when her son later tested positive for the virus.
In a White House statement, Ms Trump said: “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.”
On Wednesday, as Mr Trump left for a campaign event in Iowa he told reporters that “Barron’s fine”.
At the campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, the president said: “He had it for such a short period of time.
“I don’t even think he even 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.”
In the statement title My Personal Experience With COVID-19, Ms Trump said: “Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect.”
Speaking about her own symptoms, the First Lady added: “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.
“I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time.”
Ms Trump went on to say that vitamins and healthy food helped in her recovery as well as medical care from the president’s doctor.
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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.
“It was me being taken care of now, and getting first-hand experience with all that COVID-19 can do.”
A White House event on 26 September is thought to have caused a localised spread of the virus.
The event was held to unveil the president’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Former counsellor to Mr Trump Kellyanne Conway, the White house press secretary and two senators were among the people who tested positive for the virus after the event.
The US has recorded more than 7.9 million coronavirus cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
The country has also reported over 216,000 deaths related to the virus.
Ms Trump revealed that she has tested negative for coronavirus since her initial diagnosis.
In the statement, she said: “I am happy to report that I have tested negative and hope to resume my duties as soon as I can.”
She 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”.
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