Melania Trump says Barron had coronavirus as she reveals her ‘roller coaster of symptoms’
First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday announced that her 14-year-old son Barron Trump tested positive for the coronavirus not long after she and President Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19.
In an online statement, the first lady said Barron initially tested negative after she and the president tested positive earlier this month. A subsequent test later showed Barron was in fact infected with the virus.
The first lady said he exhibited no symptoms and has since tested negative. Both she and President Trump have tested negative as well.
“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. 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,” she said.
The first lady also reflected on her own diagnosis. She said she experienced a “roller coaster of symptoms”, including body aches, a cough and fatigue.
“I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food,” she wrote.
In her statement, Mrs Trump 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”.
There are no fully effective, federally approved treatments for Covid-19. Some have promoted vitamins and supplements as immunity-bolstering additions to the diet, but there is not yet evidence that this can specifically benefit coronavirus patients.
Mrs. Trump encouraged Americans to try to stay healthy, noting that “a balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy.”
Mr Trump again boasted during a Tuesday night campaign rally about his own medical cocktail, saying he feels great and wants to make the experimental and aggressive cocktail of antibody drugs and a powerful steroid available to all Americans who get the virus.