COVID in the White House
October 14, 2020

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump's son Barron, 14, also tested positive for COVID-19.

When Trump and the first lady tested positive two weeks ago, Trump's eldest children all reported testing negative for the virus even after being near their father at the presidential debate earlier that week. That was true of Barron at first as well, but he later tested positive after an initial negative test, Melania Trump said in a Wednesday letter.

As a "strong teenager," Barron "exhibited no symptoms," Melania wrote. He has since tested negative for the virus, as has the president. "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," Melania added.

Trump spent three days at Walter Reed Medical Center within a day after his positive test was made public. Melania and Barron meanwhile stayed at the White House. When Trump returned, he was allowed back in the Oval Office after just a day confined in the residence. In a Wednesday press conference, Trump told reporters Barron was "fine." Kathryn Krawczyk

October 12, 2020

President Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said on Monday evening that Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 "on consecutive days," but did not give specific dates.

He shared the news in a memo to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Conley wrote that Trump was tested "using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card," and it is "important to note that this test was not used in isolation for the determination of the president's current negative status."

Trump left Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon for Florida, where he will hold a rally in Sanford — his first since being hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. Trump was not wearing a mask when he boarded Air Force One. Catherine Garcia

October 9, 2020

President Trump called into Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Thursday night, and he sounded at times like a 74-year-old man suffering through a respiratory infection.

Trump, who said he tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week ago, then spent four days at Walter Reed hospital, has declared himself cured. "I'm back because I am a perfect physical specimen and I'm extremely young," he said on Fox Business earlier Thursday, adding that he doesn't think he's contagious. Later, in a video he posted to Twitter, he joked, "I'm a senior — I know you don't know that," and again suggested he received a COVID-19 cure.

Trump did make some news on Hannity, though — or at least he appeared to — when he suggested he hasn't been tested since his positive result came back. "The test will be tomorrow," he told Hannity, "because there's no reason to test all the time, but they found very little infection or virus, if any. I don't know that they found any, I didn't go into it greatly with the doctors."

The White House has point-blank refused to say when Trump last tested negative for the coronavirus, and Trump wouldn't tell Hannity, either. Peter Weber

October 8, 2020

Dr. Sean Conley, the president's physician, wrote in a memo on Thursday that President Trump has "completed his course of therapy for COVID-19" and will be able to resume "public engagements" on Saturday.

Trump announced early last Friday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19, and later that day, he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center. He left the facility on Monday evening, and Conley said that since then, Trump's "physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progress of illness. Overall, he's responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects."

Conley said Saturday will be "day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president's safe return to public engagements at that time." The White House has refused to share when Trump's last negative test was taken.

Earlier in the day, Trump declared during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that he doesn't think he is contagious anymore and he wants to go back to holding rallies with supporters. Catherine Garcia

October 7, 2020

President Trump said catching COVID-19 was "a blessing from God" in a nearly five-minute-long video he released Wednesday, in which he also claimed it was his idea to be given an experimental antibody treatment produced by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

"I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it," Trump said. "This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it, it was my suggestion ... And I think if I didn't catch it, we'd be looking at that like a number of other drugs."

Trump also falsely described the Regeneron treatment, which has not yet been approved by the FDA, as a "cure" for COVID-19. "It was like, unbelievable," he said. "I felt good immediately." The president added that "hopefully this is going to be not just a therapeutic, it will be much more than a therapeutic, you're gonna get better, you're gonna get better fast, just like I did." He also claimed "we're going to work it so you're going to get [the experimental drugs] and you're gonna get them free."

The Regeneron antibody cocktail has been shown to "[reduce] the amount of virus in the body as well as the time it took patients to recover," BBC News explains. "However, this was in people who did not need hospital treatment and the data has not been seen by scientists or doctors." While the drug is promising, "the evidence in patients is still very limited," the BBC adds. Trump has notably bounced between promoting a number of miracle cures for COVID-19 since the outbreak began, including hydroxychloroquine and sunlight.

The president spent three days at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center this weekend, where he received oxygen, steroids, as well as the experimental Regeneron treatment while in the care of world-class doctors. "For someone who isn't president, that would cost more than $100,000 in the American health system," The New York Times reports — and that is even if the Regeneron treatment was free. Jeva Lange

October 7, 2020

President Trump's doctor has released an oddly informal update on his health.

Just a day and a half after leaving the hospital, Trump is displaying no symptoms of coronavirus, and hasn't for the past 24 hours, Trump's physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a Wednesday release. Trump apparently said "I feel great!" this morning, has normal vital signs, and has not used supplemental oxygen since his release from the hospital. In addition, Trump has produced detectable levels of COVID-19 antibodies — something that was undetectable when he first tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

As previous releases from the White House have noted, Trump's doctor has released only the information Trump has allowed him to, meaning there may be more details of his medical status left unpublicized. The note makes no mention of what drugs Trump may be taking, or if he stopped taking medication altogether. Trump's medical team still has not answered when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 7, 2020

President Trump is reportedly believed to have picked up COVID-19 at the nomination event for Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump, along with dozens of West Wing staffers, Republican senators, and outsiders, gathered in the Rose Garden on Saturday, Sept. 26, for Barrett's formal nomination to the Supreme Court. Many lawmakers later gathered with Barrett inside the White House. White House medical staff have since traced that event to the arrival of COVID-19 in the White House, people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg.

The White House claims Trump didn't test positive for COVID-19 until Oct. 2, the Friday after the Barrett event. But it won't say when Trump last tested negative for the virus, raising questions of whether he was actually tested regularly, and just when he actually became infectious with the disease. Trump went on to fly on Air Force One later Saturday, which is the last time New York Times reporter Michael Shear was near him, and where Shear believes he may have contracted the virus. Trump also attended a Gold Star Family event on Sunday, Sept. 27, debated Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and then traveled to campaign events in Minnesota and New Jersey. The White House seemingly hasn't been contact tracing people possibly exposed to the virus at these events.

Trump aide Hope Hicks was the first in the West Wing to test positive for COVID-19 last week, at least according to the White House. Trump reportedly showed symptoms of the virus before testing positive Friday. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 7, 2020

President Trump is reportedly ready to get back on the campaign trail despite carrying a deadly virus that's still ravaging the U.S.

Trump tested positive for COVID-19 last week after months of flouting virus prevention practices by refusing to wear a mask and holding large, sometimes indoor rallies. Trump got back to his maskless behavior immediately upon returning from the hospital on Monday, and as of Wednesday, is planning massive campaign events once again, The Washington Post reports.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he'd be at the second presidential debate next week; He may have already had the virus when he attended last week's faceoff with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Trump is also looking to get back to more traditional — and more risky — campaign events, several people familiar with his thinking tell the Post. "Advisers are already planning campaign events with large crowds, including bus tours, airport hangar rallies, speeches at local centers and more," the Post writes. A Republican official said Trump is expected to close those events with a message inspired by his coronavirus diagnosis: "You can beat this. It shouldn't stop your life."

Trump has been conveying a similar message since he contracted the coronavirus, though it didn't quite get to the more than 210,000 Americans who have already died of it. Kathryn Krawczyk

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