Trump and COVID – Updates on His Battle and the Infection of Numerous WH Officials


By Sophia Kim, Staff Writer

President Donald J. Trump returned to the Oval Office today, less than a week after being diagnosed and ultimately hospitalized with COVID-19.

Exactly when the president last tested negative for the virus is somewhat of a mystery as those close to the President have tested positive and at least one, former NJ Governor Chris Christie, has been hospitalized.

There was some anxiety when the public found out about the news because President Trump attended a rally in Minnesota on September 30, and a fundraiser in New Jersey the following day. People are suspicious as to whether the President knew of his diagnosis and attended these events, despite being infected. However, the White House claims that he was diagnosed Thursday evening.

After spending four days and three nights at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital where his doctors administered oxygen after his blood oxygen rate dipped below 95 percent, President Trump insisted that he return to the White House.

His medical team reported today that President Trump is symptom and fever free and feels “great.”

Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, reported over the weekend that the President’s vitals were concerning and that Trump had some difficulty breathing, which are common symptoms of the coronavirus.

In the White House, the West Wing was cleared, and people were sent home for safety measures or because they were sick with the virus. Bloomberg News broke the story of Hope Hicks, the first of President Trump’s close team to test positive Thursday night.  In the wake of that announcement, both Trump, his wife, Melania, and numerous aides and staff members have tested positive including Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary.

There were originally 10 people infected with the coronavirus in the President’s close circle or the White House. Four more people were added to this list, including Stephen Miller, the adviser for President Trump. The White House has now become a national hotspot.

“I definitely do not think it’s a good idea to return to the White House,” says Wayne Hills sophomore Irene Hwang. “It’s not very wise because you need to quarantine for a longer period of time. After recovering from sickness, the virus doesn’t still entirely leave your body. That’s why pandemics spread.”

Hwang closes off by stating, “He should be taking more precautions because he is the President. He is the person that represents our country.”