President Trump tests positive for Covid-19

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Samantha Blandon, Senior

On Thursday, October 1st, President Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump  tested positive for COVID-19; he made it clear to the citizens that they are under quarantine at the White House in hopes of a fast recovery. 

Although to many citizens, President Trump catching the virus wasn’t such a surprise seeing as he  pushed the narrative of masks being ineffective. Presidential candidate and former vice president, Joe Biden and other government officials wish the Trump family a speedy recovery. 

President. Trump, who downplayed the virus’s severity, reported his illness late Thursday night, causing uncertainty towards his supporters as they are known for believing the pandemic is a hoax. 

Additional government officials and aides close to Trump, such as Hope Hicks, Ronna McDaniel and Kellyanne Conway, also tested positive, exhibiting mild symptoms. The White House physician Sean Conley disclosed, “Late in the morning, Trump gets a ‘high fever’ and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94%,” 

Since a normal blood oxygen level is around 95%, this posed a problem. After his oxygen levels dropped for the second time, Trump was given supplementary oxygen. 

The White House never unveiled the graveness of Trump’s COVID case until around Sunday at a press conference. It was revealed that as his condition worsened Friday evening, he was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he would stay for several days, cancelling upcoming campaign events. 

Days after receiving experimental antibody treatment, Trump was reportedly doing well, which caused suspicion among the public, since old age puts him at an increased risk of developing a more critical case. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health stated: “I think, unfortunately, the president would certainly be at higher risk for developing more serious symptoms and will need to be observed closely.” 

Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis not only caused skepticism among his supporters but to many citizens overall. Nogales High School student Arianna Monreal claims, “It’s an unfortunate thing that has occurred but we can’t let this interfere or change our minds about the election.” In other words, his diagnosis should not dictate who we vote for this November.