The country was put on edge overnight as President Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that raises concerns about their health and throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign — already upended by the pandemic — even further into unknown territory.
The couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, has tested negative for the virus, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told NPR.
The president’s doctor on Friday said Trump had received a “precautionary” single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail “without incident.”
Additionally, he has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine and a daily aspirin, White House physician Sean Conley said in a statement.
“As of this afternoon, the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” Conley said.
“First lady Melania Trump remains well with only a mild cough and headache,” he said.
Trump plans to continue carrying out his duties but is expected to remain home for two weeks, canceling campaign events as doctors watch him at the White House.
Trump is 74, an age that makes him more vulnerable to the virus. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday that the president has “mild symptoms.”
He did not directly answer a question about the type of symptoms that Trump is experiencing. The first lady said on Twitter that she also has mild symptoms but is “overall feeling good.”
Meadows said, “The doctors continue to monitor both his health and the health of the first lady. We’ll continue to do that. They’ll be glad to provide some updates later today as we look at this.”
The chief of staff said Trump was in good spirits and had asked him about progress on aid talks with Congress as well as giving him a to-do list.
“He’s probably critiquing the way that I’m answering these questions,” Meadows said.
The news came after midnight by tweet. In it, the president said: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
In a memo dated Oct. 1, Conley, the White House physician, confirmed that Trump and his wife had tested positive for the virus on Thursday.
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” he said. He added that he and the White House team will maintain a “vigilant watch” over the Trumps.
The president had a campaign rally planned for Friday in Florida and two on Saturday in Wisconsin, which is seeing a spike of cases.
A White House official said that the president’s staff was working out how to run things during the next 14 days — the possible length of a presidential quarantine.
“He’s fine now. He’s in good spirits. He’ll be OK, the doctor’s optimistic. He’ll get treatment. We’re in a pretty good place to treat this,” the official said.