First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday shared her personal experience battling COVID while disclosing that her son, Barron Trump had also contracted the virus earlier this month.
In a personal experience essay posted on the White House website, Melania wrote that Barron was first tested at the same time the President and First Lady tested positive on early Friday morning on Oct. 2. At that time, Barron had tested negative, but would again be tested and the results showed he had tested positive.
“Naturally my mind went immediately to our son,” Melania wrote. “To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think ‘what about tomorrow or the next day?’ My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive.”
The First Lady stated the youngest Trump luckily “experienced no symptoms” and has now since tested negative.
Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham initially stated in a statement on Oct. 2 that Barron “has tested negative, and all precautions are being taken to ensure he’s kept safe and healthy.”
On her personal experience, Melania said she “very fortunate” that she experienced “minimal symptoms,” but at one time it hit her all at once, describing the symptoms as a “roller coaster of symptoms.” The First Lady said she opted to take the “natural route” with medicine dosage by taking vitamins and opting for a more healthy diet.
“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,” she said. “I experienced body aches, a cough, and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time. I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food.”
She praised the medical care she received, saying it made her “even more grateful and in awe of caretakers and first responders everywhere.”
“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,” Melania said. “To the medical staff and the residence staff who have been taking care of our family— thank you doesn’t say enough.”
During her recuperation period as her husband was taken to Walter Reed National Military Hospital for “precaution,” Melania said she reflected on all those “who have been impacted by this illness that infects people with no discrimination.”
“Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect. When my husband was taken to Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time reflecting on my family,” Melania said. “For me personally, the most impactful part of my recovery was the opportunity to reflect on many things — family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are.”
“We are in unprecedented times — and with the election fast approaching, it has been easy to get caught up in so much negative energy,” Melania added. “Our country has overcome many hardships and much adversity, and it is my hope COVID-19 will be another obstacle we will be able to tell future generations we overcame — and learned from in the process.”
Melania said she has now tested negative and hopes to resume her duties as First Lady “as soon as I can.”
“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. I pray for our country and I pray for everyone who is grappling with COVID-19 and any other illnesses or challenges,” she wrote.
Shortly after Melania tweeted her personal story, Trump told reporters that Barron is doing “fine” before departing to Iowa for a campaign rally.
The president would later mention his youngest son during the rally in Des Moines, saying Barron is “beautiful and he’s free.”
“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. 99.9%,” Trump said. “Barron is beautiful and he’s free — free.”
“Barron’s tested positive. Within, like, two seconds it was Barron is just fine now. He’s tested negative, right? Because it happens. People have it and it goes. Get the kids back to school, we’ve got to get the kids back to school,” Trump added.