POTUS Tested Positive for COVID-19


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President Trump in a Mask.

As if a polarizing Presidential election hasn’t got everyone on the edge of their seats, it has been announced that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for the Coronavirus early Friday morning. 

After months of downplaying the virus and not following CDC guidelines (i.e. wearing a mask, avoiding physical contact, washing hands, and staying six feet apart), Trump tweeted, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

And Melania Trump later tweeted that she and the President were “feeling good.” The day prior to his test result, Trump had come into contact with his closest aide Hope Hicks, who had also tested positive that Thursday night. After coming into contact with her, both the President and the First Lady were sent to get tested for the virus, and eventually they got their results back, which confirmed that they were positive.

Although both Donald and Melania Trump claim that their symptoms are mild, the Coronavirus could potentially be highly threatening, as President Trump is likely to have serious complications from the disease because he falls into that category. Additionally, Dr. Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, said that the President has experienced fatigue since morning, and he and the First Lady will be evaluated by a team of experts to help them go through “the next best steps.” On Friday afternoon, Marine One landed on the White House lawn due to the call for having Trump admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has stated that President Trump will be spending the next few days at Walter Reed Medical Center. As far as treatment goes, Dr. Conley has said that Trump was given a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail for the virus. Although Regeneron is still in the experimental phase of developing the drug, chief executive Dr. Leonard Schleifer stated that “a single high-dose should do the trick” (as previous testing trials proved that the drug was safe), hoping that the drug will give Trump’s immune system “enough of a boost” for a complete and speedy recovery.

Fast-forward to Monday afternoon when Trump returned to the White House. He confirmed his departure on Twitter a few hours prior, claiming that he feels better than he did “twenty years ago,” and tells the American people to not “be afraid of COVID.” Additionally, within the same tweet, the President said that the Trump Administration is currently developing “really great drugs and knowledge.”

Although President Trump says that he feels better, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the President may experience “a reversal,” meaning that since he’s still in the early stages of the disease, he may fall sick. However, Fauci also states that it is unlikely, as Trump seems to be feeling alright, based on how he was able to move with ease, but there should be a heads up for it.