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President Trump, First Lady Melania Test Positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently receiving treatment for the virus Fox News reported.  The President announced the diagnosis on Twitter early Friday morning.

Trump tweeted, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” a little before 1:00 a.m. on Friday.

The announcement came hours after it was revealed that presidential adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19 according to CBS News.

Later on Friday, the first lady tweeted, “Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows confirmed the president’s diagnosis and provided further details of the situation.  “The president does have mild symptoms, and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the American people,” Meadows said.  He also said that the president was “in good spirits, but very energetic.”

The President’s physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, gave an update on the treatment regimen for President Trump.  “Following PCR-confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail,” Dr. Conley said. “He completed the infusion without incident. In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin.”

Dr. Conley expected no interruption in the President’s carrying out of his duties.  “Rest assured I expected the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” the doctor said.  “The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.”

The rest of the First Family have been tested and all results came back negative.  

Dr. Conley said, “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.”

The first of those steps has been to move the President to the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced, “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”

Trump is not the first world leader to test positive for COVID-19.  On March 27, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, announced that he had contracted the virus.  In early April Johnson was taken to a London hospital and spent a week there receiving treatment.  He was released and spent a period of recovery away from London.  He has been in good health since even commenting that he was “fit as a butcher’s dog.”

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