President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s a look at where he traveled the week before his diagnosis.
President Donald Trump was at the White House on Tuesday after spending the weekend battling COVID-19 at a Maryland hospital.
The president announced on Twitter early Friday that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus and, since then, nearly 20 people in and around the White House have also tested positive.
Friday evening, Trump flew to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Marine One and returned to the White House on Monday, when he issued a video statement on Twitter telling Americans “don’t be afraid” of COVID-19.
Celebrities, political pundits, and critics responded to the tweet, calling the message “preposterous” and “dangerous” for the leader of a nation that has surpassed 210,000 deaths from the disease.
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How many people were infected during the nomination event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett?
– Satish from Elk Grove, California
Trump and at least seven other people who attended a White House ceremony unveiling Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court have been infected, including two Republican members of the Judiciary Committee.
Though the activity was held outside at the Rose Garden, the majority of the 180-plus people in attendance sat close to each other for an extended period, and most people didn’t wear masks. There were smaller indoor gatherings as part of the occasion.
That combination may have resulted in a super spreader event, the type that leads to a cluster of infections. Others at the ceremony who tested positive for the virus include first lady Melania Trump; former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Trump adviser and former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie; GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; President of Notre Dame University John Jenkins; and a reporter covering the announcement.
Here’s a running list of people who have tested positive and negative.
When did the president begin to feel ill?
– Linda from New York City
It’s still unclear what day the president first began experiencing symptoms as mixed messaging from the White House continues to muddle the timeline. Trump first announced his diagnosis on Twitter early Friday morning but made no mention of symptoms.
White House physician Sean Conley said in a press briefing Saturday morning that Trump experienced a mild cough, nasal congestion and fatigue from COVID-19 on Thursday.
A visual guide: The timeline of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 treatment
Is Trump contagious at this point? Will he be quarantined in the White House?
– Geoff from Cross Plains, Wisconsin
While the duration of infectiousness for COVID-19 has yet to be confirmed, scientists believe that people with mild to moderate COVID-19 may shed the virus for up to 10 days after symptoms first appear, according