Early on Friday, October 2nd, President Donald Trump tweeted that both he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the corona virus and would begin their quarranting process. Through the development and spread of the COVID-19, Trump has made multiple statements in support of masks as well as comments heavily understating their importance. However, his actions, despite the advice of national health officials, display a clear neglect for wearing masks. He has held innumerable maskless campaign rallies and even mocked his election opponent, Joe Biden, for wearing a mask.
The President has largely been pushing a narrative that America is “rounding the corner” on corona and the disease would soon “diassapear.” During meetings and interviews, Trump has aimed to depict a nation that is miraculously recovering from the epidemic and boasts about advanced medical care, and how close the nation is to discovering a vaccine. Contrastingly, the president testing positive, splintered this story, proving the severity of the virus.
This lackadaisical attitude towards the virus increased Trump’s susceptibility to COVID-19. In fact, as early as the morning of Thursday, October 1st, the White House was aware that Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides, had tested positive for the virus. In spite of this revelation, Trump flew out to New Jersey and attended a news briefing. During this process, he may have exposed hundreds who were unaware of the situation. That same evening, Trump tweeted about Hicks contracting the virus and that he was unsure of his own status. This was followed by his announcement that he indeed did have the virus.
Trump’s age and health placed him in the highest risk category in terms of disease severity which ultimately means he has a 90 times greater risk of death than younger adults. The news of Trump’s infection had many implications on America, including a reanylization of Trump’s statements regarding COIVD, a decline in the stock market, and looming threats for national security.
Fortunately, the approaching perils did not have to be further pursued as on October 12th, Sean Conely, the physician at the White House, released a statement that Trump had tested negative for COIVD-19 on consecutive days. Ensuing this development, the president was seen boarding a plane to a planned campaign rally in Florida and is planning on entering back into his bustling campaign schedule.