Not only were President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump—along with a host of other people in the Trump circle—infected with COVID-19, but the president’s youngest son, Barron Trump, also had the coronavirus, according to Melania.
In a statement released on Oct. 14, about 12 days after Barron’s parents were announced to have tested positive, Melania Trump said her 14-year-old son had been infected but had exhibited no symptoms of the virus. He’s reportedly now doing “fine.” Initially, Barron Trump tested negative for the coronavirus, but a later test showed that he had the virus.
“My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” she said in a statement. “Luckily, he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms.”
Donald Trump later told his supporters that, “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.”
Though Donald Trump had to go to the hospital for a few days to receive treatment, Melania remained isolated at the White House during her bout of illness. She said her symptoms were “minimal, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.” Barron’s course through his coronavirus illness seems to have been even easier than his mother’s.
It’s unclear how the Trump family was infected, but a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Amy Coney Barrett as the president’s pick to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat seems to have become a superspreader event. Much of the event was held outdoors, but hardly anybody wore a mask. In the aftermath, a number of U.S. senators, Trump administration officials, and the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee all tested positive.
Meanwhile, the president continues to not wear a mask while out in public, and he’s restarted his campaign rallies again, where thousands of mostly maskless fans pack into arenas and outdoor spaces to see Trump speak.
Melania said she feels lucky that her family has recovered from COVID-19.
She said, “I want people to know that I understand just how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care that we did. If you are sick, or if you have a loved one who is sick—I am thinking of you and will be thinking of you every day.”