Melania Trump revealed that her 1

4-year-old son Barron tested positive for COVID-19 after an initial negative test.

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Baron Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 was part of his father’s drive to physically open schools.

“It’s happening,” President Donald Trump told a crowd at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, about his 14-year-old son, who tested positive for coronavirus. “People have it and it’s going well. Bring the kids back to school. We have to get them back to school.”

The outbreak of the virus in the White House, which infected the president, First Lady Melania Trump and other White House insiders, raised concerns that thousands may have been exposed to COVID-19 through Trump’s inner circle.

Trump has repeatedly sought to minimize the impact of the outbreak and the virus itself. On Monday, Trump turned his first campaign rally since signing a contract with COVID-19 into a defensive defense of his work with the pandemic that killed 215,000 Americans.

Speaking of Baron Trump with positive coronavirus tests, the president also said: “I don’t even think he knew he had it because they are young and their immune system is strong and they are fighting it 99.9%. And he is free. , free. “

Melania Trump said Wednesday that after an initial negative test, 14-year-old Baron Trump tested positive for COVID-19, but is now negative.

“My fear came true when it was tested again and tested positive,” she said. “Fortunately, he is a strong teenager and shows no symptoms. In a way, I’m glad that the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of each other and spend time together. He’s been tested negative ever since.”

While children are at lower risk of severe complications of COVID-19, growing evidence suggests that they are not immunized and may play a role in community spread.

The process of rebuilding schools has become a national hotbed, with some teachers’ unions being among the most vocal critics of Trump’s insistence on reopening schools.

In Florida, many teachers and families feared a jump in the COVID-19 case, when the state took the controversial move to reopen schools in August with personal instructions.

But an analysis by USA TODAY shows that the number of positive cases among children aged 5 to 17 has declined by the end of September after a peak in July. The analysis shows that among the districts in which jumps are observed in the general cases, the trend is the adults in college, not the students.

Early results in Florida showed the success of rigorous wearing of masks, social distancing, isolating contacts and quickly tracking contacts when needed, health experts said.

Contributions: Joshua Botte, Jessica Flores, Andrea Mandel, James Fraser, Mike Pike, Emily Bloch, Rachel Fradet, Somer Brugal and Adriana Rodriguez; Associated Press

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