For Covid-19, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for #article

 

For Covid-19, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for #article

Early Friday, President Donald Trump revealed that both he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, an unprecedented development occurring months into a global pandemic and in the final stretch of his reelection campaign in which he flouted the advice of experts on preventing the spread of the disease.

In decades, the condition amounts to a sitting American president's most serious recognized health threat. Trump falls into the highest risk group for severe disease complications at 74 years old and obese, killing more than 200,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide.

In an already fraught political climate, his infection with the disease could prove to be destabilizing, and stock market futures tumbled on news of Trump's infection.

"@FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19 tonight. We're going to immediately start our quarantine and rehabilitation phase. We're going to get through this TOGETHER!" Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. On Friday.

Later, on Twitter, the first lady posted that she and her husband were "feeling fine."

On Thursday afternoon, Trump was last seen in public, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey. While he did not speak to reporters as he walked into his home, he did not appear ill.

In a memo distributed about 1 a.m. to reporters ET, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, the President's physician, wrote that he received confirmation on Thursday evening of the positive tests.

"The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and during their convalescence, they expect to stay at home inside the White House," Conley wrote.

Although the White House regularly promotes the President and all who come near to him with its rigorous testing program, aides have considered him the "most screened man in the world," the infections underscored the shortcomings in relying on tests alone to avoid contagion.

Trump and many of his staff have avoided activities such as social distancing and wearing masks. The President ridiculed his opponent, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, for constantly wearing a mask at the presidential debate on Tuesday evening.

The White House released a new schedule to represent a variety of cancelled activities on Friday, including a fundraiser in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida, after revealing the President's diagnosis.

Trump has also consistently insisted on the epidemic that the nation is "rounding the corner" and suggested that the virus would "disappear," but even health experts within his own administration said those statements did not represent reality.

It would do nothing to get infected with coronavirus to further his arguments that the disease is declining, and undercut his campaign for states to reopen schools and companies. During recent rallies, Trump has spoken about Democratic governors who have maintained strict lockdowns to prevent the virus from spreading.

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