One day before his COVID-19 diagnosis, a video captured President Donald Trump tossing hats to his supporters. Trump attended a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Minnesota on Wednesday (Sept. 30). A day later, Trump announced via Twitter he and Melania contracted the COVID-19 virus.
In the video, supporters “USA! USA!” while Trump stands on stage and tosses caps with his campaign slogan into the crowd.
According to The New York Times, Trump’s close adviser Hope Hicks accompanied the president to the rally. While in Duluth, she began to exhibit symptoms of the virus. The campaign realized Hicks had likely contracted COVID-19. Hick quarantined herself on the return flight to Washington, D.C. where she tested positive for the virus.
President Trump announced his COVID-19 diagnosis via Twitter.
On Thursday (Oct. 1), Trump attended a private fundraiser at his New Jersey resort. He reportedly didn’t wear a mask during the fundraiser. Later that evening, Trump confirmed on Twitter that he and Melania contracted the coronavirus. He wrote, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
According to the World Health Organization, symptoms can show within a person after five to 14 days. The virus can also linger on surfaces and transmit that way. It is unclear how long Trump, Melania or Hicks may have been infected.
The New York Times reported that the president’s physician said they were both doing “well.”
“The president and first lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” the physician, Sean P. Conley, said in the statement. “Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”
It’s unclear how long the president and first lady will be in quarantine. So far, 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-18. More than 7 million in the U.S. have been infected, Johns Hopkins University reports. In addition, the worldwide coronavirus death toll has topped 1 million.