President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, the president tweeted on Friday.
Sean Conley, White House Physician issued a confirmation statement of the diagnosis. He said in a memo, “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.”
Trump’s top aide and adviser, Hope Hicks also tested positive earlier this week. White House announced that Hope Hicks contracted the virus after travelling with the president several times this week. Just a few hours after White House made the announcement, Trump’s positive test came out.
Trump tweeted, “Tonight, @FLOTUS” and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Will President Donald Trump affect his duties?
Trump’s positive test may mark a major blow for him. The president has been persuading the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind them even as COVID-19 cases are rising with less than four months before Election Day. The coronavirus encounter is the most serious known public health scare to any sitting American president in history.
According to Centres for Disease Control guidance, Trump, 74, has at least one underlying condition. It will place him at a higher risk of complications.
Sean Conley, White House physician wrote to the president, “Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”
All of his events will be cancelled, including a scheduled campaign in Florida on Friday. But, he is still set to host a phone call on COVID-19 support for vulnerable seniors.
Will America be able to protect its people?
While America is still struggling on how to safely reopen to avoid spikes, the news has already shaken the nation. The unlimited resources which The White House has access to raise questions on how the country can keep its people safe. The resources include quick-result tests constantly, but still failed to keep the president safe.
Health and safety protocols in the White House
In early May, two people at work in the White House tested positive for COVID-19. Ever since the unfortunate event, Trump, the vice president and other senior staff have been tested for COVID-19 daily. The incident in May prompted the White House to step up precautions. Individuals who come into contact with the president also receives a quick-result test.
Experts have questioned the health and safety protocols at the White House during the early pandemic. The experts asked about why there was not more being done to protect the commander in chief. Nonetheless, Trump continued hand-shaking with visitors even after public health officials warned against it.
World leaders who have contracted the virus
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spent a week the hospital with three nights in intensive care. He received oxygen and care from the medical workers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel self-isolated after tested positive for coronavirus upon receiving a vaccination from a doctor.
Wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for the virus after a London trip.
According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, people are required to stay home and quarantine if they might have exposed to the virus. People should quarantine for 14 days.
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