Melania Trump issued an important update on her health on Wednesday. She noted that she had recovered and tested negative for COVID, but revealed that Barron Trump was positive for the disease in a second round of testing.
The first lady has not been seen publicly since the White House announced almost two weeks ago that she and President Donald Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Her office originally said Barron, 14, tested negative for the virus, but Melania announced on Wednesday that he had received a positive diagnosis despite showing no symptoms and has since tested negative.
"Of course, my thoughts immediately went to our son," she said of her thoughts after the first couple tested positive earlier this month.
"To our great relief, he tested negative, but as so many parents have thought over the past few months, I couldn't help but wonder what about tomorrow or the next day?" My fear came true when it was tested again and it came back positive. Luckily he's a tough teenager and he didn't show any symptoms, ”she noted.
He's negative for COVID now.
“In a way, I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of each other and spend time together. He has tested negative since then, "she said in a nearly 700-word personal essay about her experience fighting COVID entitled" My Personal Experience with COVID-19. "
Barron Trump was last seen publicly at the White House on August 27 when his father accepted the Republican Party's nomination for a second term. It is not uncommon to go months without the president's youngest child, as Melania Trump keeps him out of the public eye as much as possible.
When President Trump left the White House for a campaign rally in Des Moines on Wednesday, he said Barron was fine.
While the president has returned to work and has an extensive campaign schedule, the notoriously private first lady gave no indication of when she will resume public life in the update she released on Wednesday.
She addressed the "negative energy" in the country in less than three weeks leading up to election day, thanking the country for their prayers and saying that the first family offered all prayers in return.
Melania Trump issued an important update on her health on Wednesday, noting that she has recovered and tested negative for COVID
But Melania Trump revealed that 14-year-old Barron Trump tested positive in a second round of testing
Barron Trump was last seen publicly at the White House on August 27 when his father accepted the Republican Party's nomination for a second term
Unlike the president, Melania Trump didn't check into the hospital after her diagnosis of COVID. She said she had minimal symptoms but admitted it hit her like a roller coaster.
She also said that she had treated herself a "natural way" – she opted for vitamins and a healthy diet – indicating that she was not taking heavy medication as the president did for his illness.
“I was very lucky as my diagnosis showed minimal symptoms, even though they all hit me at once and it seemed like a roller coaster ride of symptoms for the days that followed. I had body aches, coughs, and headaches and felt extremely tired most of the time. I chose a more natural route in terms of medicine and opted more for vitamins and healthy eating, ”wrote Melania.
President Trump was given dexamethasone, a potent steroid that can cause insomnia, mania, mood swings, and anger. It has shown promise for treating patients with a severe case of COVID-19 who are receiving supplemental oxygen.
His treatment regimen also included an experimental antiviral drug that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals tests to deliver antibodies that will help a patient fight the disease and the antiviral drug remdesivir.
The first lady didn't mention wearing a face mask and social distancing that doctors recommend to help fight the spread of COVID. She has touted the benefits of wearing a mask more than her husband. She has worn face covering in public, though not as often when she's with the president, who isn't a fan of wearing it.
Melania Trump continued to decipher the negative energy in the country where the elections were held. Much of this was due to her husband's combative tone, who is running for a second term.
"We are in unprecedented times – and with the upcoming election it was easy to get caught up in so much negative energy," she said.
She said she would be back to work soon but gave no indication of when the public might see her again – either in her role as first lady or on the campaign trail.
"I am pleased to announce that I have tested negative and hope to be able to resume my duties as soon as possible," wrote Melania.
She concluded that she was praying for the country: “I want people to know that I understand how happy my family is to have received the kind of care that we have done. When you are sick, or when you have a loved one who is sick – I think of you and will think of you every day. I pray for our country and I pray for everyone who is dealing with COVID-19 and other diseases or challenges. & # 39;
Melania Trump sat in the front row of the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court – at least 12 people at that event later tested positive for COVID
Melania Trump was also with President Donald Trump at the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29th
It is unclear how the first lady contracted the disease.
She was in the rose garden on Saturday, September 26, when President Trump officially appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. At least 12 people at this event later tested positive for COVID.
The first lady was also at the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, where she took off her mask after sitting in the audience – despite a request from the Cleveland Clinic that viewers should wear it.
The White House announced in the wee hours of October 2 that the first couple were positive about COVID.
Melania, 50, has been described as a mild case. 74-year-old President Trump checked into Walter Reed Medical Center for four days that Friday night.
Melania Trump health update
First Lady Melania Trump wrote an essay on her health entitled "My Personal Experience with COVID-19:
It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis so many Americans in our country and around the world had already received – I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband and our nation's commander in chief received the same news.
Of course, my thoughts immediately went to our son. To our great relief, it tested negative, but as so many parents have thought over the past few months, I had to think, "What about tomorrow or the next day?" My fear came true when it was tested again and it came back positive. Fortunately, he's a tough teenager and didn't show any symptoms. In a way, I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of each other and spend time together. He has tested negative since then.
I was very lucky as my diagnosis showed minimal symptoms, although they all hit me at once and it seemed like a roller coaster ride of symptoms for the days that followed. I had body aches, coughs, and headaches and felt extremely tired most of the time. I chose a more natural route in terms of medicine and opted more for vitamins and healthy eating. We had wonderful caretakers around us and will forever be grateful for the medical care and professional discretion that we have received from Dr. Conley and his team. It was an unfamiliar feeling for me to be the patient rather than a person trying to encourage our nation to stay healthy and safe. I've taken care of it now and got first hand experience of everything COVID-19 can do. As a patient and as a person who benefited from so much medical assistance, I was even more grateful and in awe of caretakers and first responders everywhere. To the medical staff and the residence staff who looked after our family – thank you doesn't say enough.
When you recover from an illness, you have plenty of time to think. When my husband was brought to see Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time thinking about my family. I also thought of the hundreds of thousands of people in our country who are affected by this disease, which infects people without discrimination. We are in unprecedented times – and with the election to come, it was easy to get caught up in so much negative energy.
It also fired me to think of all the people I have met in our country and around the world – and the kindness and compassion that is there when you seek it. Our country has overcome many difficulties and adversities, and I hope that COVID-19 is another obstacle that we can convey to future generations who we have overcome – and from whom we have learned in the process.
I encourage everyone to continue to lead the healthiest lives they can. A balanced diet, fresh air and vitamins are really important to keep our bodies healthy. Compassion and humility are just as important to your overall well-being in keeping our minds strong. For me personally, the most important part of my recovery has been the opportunity to think about many things – family, friendships, my work, and being true to who you are.
I am happy to announce that I have tested negative and hope to be able to resume my duties as soon as possible. Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand how lucky my family is to have received the kind of care that we did. When you are sick or when you have a loved one who is sick – I think of you and will think of you every day. I pray for our country and I pray for everyone who is dealing with COVID-19 and other diseases or challenges.
Thank you to everyone who went out of their way and said good wishes and prayers for our family. You stay with us too.