Barron Trump’s optimistic check for COVID-19 has turn into a part of his father’s push to bodily reopen faculties.
“It occurs,” President Donald Trump instructed a crowd at a marketing campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa of his 14-year-old son testing optimistic for the coronavirus. “Folks have it, and it goes. Get the children again to highschool. We’ve obtained to get them again to highschool.”
An outbreak of the virus within the White Home that contaminated the President, first woman Melania Trump and different White Home insiders has raised considerations that thousands may have been exposed to COVID-19 through Trump’s inner circle.
Trump has repeatedly sought to attenuate the impacts of the outbreak and the virus itself. On Monday, Trump turned his first marketing campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 right into a defiant protection of his dealing with of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Individuals.
Of Barron Trump testing optimistic for the coronavirus, the president additionally stated, “I don’t even assume he knew he had it as a result of they’re younger and their immune techniques are sturdy and so they struggle it off 99.9 %. And Barron is gorgeous, and he’s free, free.”
Melania Trump stated Wednesday that after an preliminary unfavourable check, 14-year-old Barron Trump tested positive for COVID-19, however is now unfavourable.
“My worry got here true when he was examined once more and it got here up optimistic,” she stated. “Fortunately he’s a powerful teenager and exhibited no signs. In a technique I used to be glad the three of us went via this on the identical time so we may maintain each other and spend time collectively. He has since examined unfavourable.”
Whereas youngsters are at a decrease threat for extreme COVID-19 issues, rising proof exhibits they are not immune and should play a position in neighborhood unfold.
The method of reopening faculties has turn into a nationwide flashpoint, with some academics unions being amongst the most vocal critics of Trump’s push to reopen schools.
In Florida, many academics and households feared a spike in COVID-19 instances when the state made the controversial transfer to reopen faculties in August with in-person instruction.
However a USA TODAY analysis shows the state’s positive case count among kids ages 5 to 17 declined via late September after a peak in July. Among the many counties seeing surges in total instances, it’s college-age adults – not schoolchildren – driving the development, the evaluation discovered.
The early ends in Florida present the success of rigorous masks carrying, social distancing, isolating contacts and fast contact tracing when essential, well being consultants stated.
Contributing: Joshua Bote, Jessica Flores, Andrea Mandell, Jayme Fraser, Mike Stucka, Emily Bloch, Rachel Fradette, Sommer Brugal and Adrianna Rodriguez; The Related Press