Melania Trump revealed on Wednesday that Barron, her 14-year-old son with the president, had at one point tested positive for the coronavirus, but then tested negative.
The first lady’s disclosure was in a statement about her own experience with the coronavirus. Donald Trump announced almost two weeks ago that he and the first lady had tested positive.
In Wednesday’s statement, the first lady said: “To our relief, he [at first] tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past few months, I couldn’t help but think, “What about tomorrow or the next day?”
“My fear came true when he was tested again and it turned out to be positive. Fortunately, he is a strong teenager and had no symptoms.
Melania Trump described her own experience with the coronavirus as “a roller coaster of symptoms in the days following” her diagnosis.
Following his diagnosis, the president was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment and has since returned to the White House and campaigning. The first lady quarantined at the White House.
President Trump has been widely criticized for returning to the White House while still contagious, potentially putting staff at risk. He is behind rival Joe Biden in the polls ahead of next month’s presidential election.
On Sunday, Trump claimed he was now “immune” to the virus. On Tuesday, the White House doctor said Trump had tested negative for Covid-19 and was not contagious to others.
The first lady said in her statement that in a way she was happy “that the three of us went through this at the same time, so that we can take care of each other and spend time together.”
She said she hoped to resume her duties as soon as she could. She added, “Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care we have provided.”
More than 216,000 people in America have died from Covid-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report