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Melania Trump Details Her COVID Symptoms

She also revealed that son, Barron, contracted the virus.

Melania Trump has remained out of the public eye since testing positive for COVID-19 along with her husband, President Donald Trump. However, on Wednesday the First Lady broke her silence by penning an essay published on the White House website, detailing her struggle with the virus, responsible for the deaths of over 215,000 Americans. 

She explains that it was two weeks ago that she and her husband learned of their diagnosis, but she was more concerned about their son, Barron, than anything else. "To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn't help but think 'what about tomorrow or the next day?'" she wrote. "My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive." However, unlike herself and the president, Barron remained asymptomatic and has since tested negative. 

Here is what she experienced—read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


She Experienced a "Roller Coaster" of Symptoms

Sick woman with headache sitting under the blanket

According to the First Lady, she was "very fortunate" and she experienced "minimal" symptoms. She added that her symptoms hit her "all at once" and "it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after."


She Had Body Aches

Woman suffering from backache at home

Body aches are a common sign of many viruses, including COVID. According to a study conducted by the WHO of 56,000 COVID-19 cases in China, about 15% reported muscle aches and pains. 


She Had a Cough

woman cough sneeze in elbow

A dry cough is one of the most common symptoms of COVID, and Melania Trump experienced it. One study conducted by the University of Leeds found that a persistent cough was the presenting symptom for 57% of COVID patients around the world. 


She Had Headaches

Close up Portrait of young woman with headache

According to a study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain coronavirus headaches commonly present themselves as "new‐onset, moderate‐severe, bilateral headache with pulsating or pressing quality in the temporoparietal, forehead or periorbital region." Their research determined that anywhere from 11% to 34% of COVID-19 patients reported suffering from a headache while battling the virus.

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She Experienced Fatigue

Sick woman covered with a blanket lying in bed with high fever and a flu.

Melania Trump reveals that she experienced fatigue and "felt extremely tired most of the time." One CDC study found that out of 274 symptomatic patients,  71% reported feeling fatigue after catching COVID-19. For many people, the fatigue lingered with 35% reporting it as a problem four to eight days after their original diagnosis.


She Recovered at Home


Unlike her husband who was hospitalized and given a slew of COVID treatments, Melania Trump battled the virus at the White House. "I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food," she explained. 


The Family Has Since Tested Negative

Medical worker in protective suite taking a swab for corona virus test, potentially infected young woman

According to the First Lady, all three Trumps have tested negative. 

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Reflections From the First Lady

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"Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect," Melania explained, offering a bunch of suggestions on how others can protect themselves from the virus. "I encourage everyone to continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy," she wrote.  "For your complete well-being, compassion and humility are just as important in keeping our minds strong." There was no mention of wearing masks, social distancing, or practicing hand hygiene—all promoted by the CDC and WHO as effective prevention methods. As for yourself, practice those fundamentals, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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