TL;DR: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump say they are experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. The president will spend a few days at Walter Reed hospital. This news has traveled around the world, plummeted stocks, rocked the election in our state, and spurred leaders to re-emphasize that everyone should wear masks, social distance, and remember that no one is immune from becoming infected. What does Trump’s positive coronavirus test mean for his health and recovery? Read a breakdown here.
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😷 Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said no masks were worn during debate prep with the president earlier this week.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced early Friday they are experiencing mild symptoms and were quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus. By early evening, the White House said that as a precaution, Trump will spend a “few days” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Former Vice President Joe Biden; his wife, Jill Biden; Vice President Mike Pence; and Second Lady Karen Pence all tested negative. This news has traveled around the world, plummeted stocks, brought uncertainty that has rocked the election in Pennsylvania, and spurred leaders to re-emphasize that no one is immune from becoming infected, and that everyone should wear masks and social distance. Here is a timeline of Trump’s activities leading up to the coronavirus diagnosis.
President Donald Trump’s announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus raises a lot of questions. The president’s age, 74, and weight, which qualifies as obese, put him in the high risk category of having a serious reaction to a coronavirus infection. Still, the Centers for Disease Control says the mortality rate for infected people age 70 and up is estimated to be about 5%. I’m sure you have plenty of other questions, like: When was Trump likely exposed? What is the recommended treatment? How quickly could he progress to serious symptoms? How does this affect his campaign? And how is contact tracing being used in this case? Read some answers here.
It’s apple-picking season and even though the pandemic will make it a bit different than years before, you can still check out local orchards for apples, apple cider doughnuts, or apple pie. My colleague Nick Vadala rounded up some local orchards you can check out this weekend.
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