President Trump and First Lady test positive for coronavirus

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President Trump recently announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19

Sneha Cheenath, Ariel Wang, and Daniela Wise

President Trump tweeted today that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. 

His message read, “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”. 

The president received the result following one of his closest advisors, Hope Hicks, testing positive. 

The New York Times reported, per the president’s physician Sean P. Conley, Trump was “‘well’ without saying whether he was experiencing symptoms and added that the president would stay isolated in the White House for now.

“Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” Conley emphasized.

However, it’s unknown the exact implications testing positive for COVID will have on his campaign, with only 33 days remaining before the Nov. 3 election. 

The Times elaborates that  “Even if Mr. Trump, 74, remains asymptomatic, he will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time. If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all.”

When asked about COVID at the recent presidential debate on Sept. 29, Trump explained that the large rallies he held, despite much scrutiny from public health experts, were all outside and boasted having “no problems whatsoever.”

Oct. 2 update

Democratic Nominee Joe Biden confirmed on Twitter that he and Dr. Jill Biden tested negative for the virus. Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also tested negative. They both expressed well wishes for Trump and the first lady’s recovery.

AP confirmed that Trump is facing “mild symptoms”, but officials have not expanded on what those symptoms are. He faced criticism for traveling to Jersey after Hicks tested positive, as he knew he was exposed to the virus.