Trump claims son Barron’s coronavirus infection was’ gone ‘after ’15 minutes’ and says it is proof we need to reopen schools
- Trump made the claim Monday at a rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania
- He pointed to 14-year-old Barron’s ‘young, strong immune system’ and said the doctor told him the coronavirus was ‘gone’ after 15 minutes.
- Trump, First Lady Melania, and their son, Barron, were diagnosed with coronavirus earlier in October
- A new report says that while it is uncommon for children to be hospitalized or die from the coronavirus, their infection rates have increased in the US.
- Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 800,000 American children have been tested positive for the coronavirus
President Trump claimed his son Barron’s coronavirus infection was ‘gone’ within 15 minutes.
Trump made the claim while speaking to his supporters Monday afternoon at a rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.
“ Of course Barron had it, ” Trump said of the coronavirus, where he, First Lady Melania Trump and their 14-year-old son Barron, had all been diagnosed earlier in October.
At a rally on Monday, Trump said son Barron’s coronavirus was ‘gone’ after 15 minutes. Trump is pictured here at that meeting in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania
Trump then pointed to Barron’s “young, strong immune system.”
The president recalled his alleged conversation with a doctor about Barron’s positive test result.
“I said, ‘What’s the story, Doctor, with Baron?'” Trump said from the podium.
According to Trump, the doctor replied, “Sir, he tested positive.”
“Fifteen minutes later,” Trump said, and asked the doctor, “How’s Barron doing?”
“Sir, it’s gone,” Trump said as the crowd laughed.
The anecdote seemed to help Trump’s push for the reopening of schools for personal learning, something many states were hesitant to do due to health concerns.
At his recent rallies in locations around the country, Trump has used Barron’s seemingly rapid recovery from the coronavirus as an example of why it’s okay for schools to reopen.
“Young, strong immune system, right?” Trump said at a rally in the state of Wisconsin on the battlefield on Saturday.
Trump (center), First Lady Melania (right) and Barron (left) were diagnosed with coronavirus earlier in October. The family will be photographed together in August
‘Go back to school. Let’s go back to school. No it is true. We tested positive and 15 minutes later I said, “How is he, Doctor? He’s fine,” Trump said during the speech.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said on Monday that 792,000 children in the US were infected with the coronavirus.
On Oct. 22, the group found that children accounted for 11 percent of all coronavirus cases in the US.
While the group did not add a number – as fewer states reported hospitalizations and deaths by age – they did note that it was “ unusual ” for children to receive coronavirus-related hospitalization or death.
They also reported that currently “serious illness due to COVID-19 is rare in children.”
According to the report, only 1 percent to 3.6 percent of reported coronavirus-related hospital admissions were for children.
Meanwhile, zero to 0.23 percent of reported virus-related deaths involved children, while 16 states had said no children had died from the coronavirus.
Still, between October 8 and October 22, the group found that 4,555 new cases of coronavirus among children had been reported, representing a 14 percent increase in the age group. The hill reported.