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4-year-old son, Barron, tested positive for COVID-19 after an initial negative test.

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Barron Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 became part of his father’s push to physically reopen schools.

“It happens,” President Donald Trump told a crowd at an election rally in Des Moines, Iowa, of his 14-year-old son who tested positive for coronavirus. “People have it and go. Take the kids back to school. We have to get them back to school.”

An outbreak of the White House virus that has infected the president, first lady Melania Trump and other White House insiders has raised concern that thousands of people may have been exposed to COVID-19 through Trump’s inner circle.

Trump has repeatedly sought to minimize the impacts of the epidemic and the virus itself. On Monday, Trump turned his first election rally since contracting COVID-19 into a provocative defense of his handling of the pandemic that killed 215,000 Americans.

Of Barron Trump testing positive for coronavirus, the president also said: “I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight 99.9 percent. And Barron is beautiful, and he’s free. , free. “

Melania Trump said Wednesday that after an initial negative test, 14-year-old Barron Trump tested positive for COVID-19, but is now negative.

“My fear came true when it was tested again and tested positive,” he said. “Fortunately he is a strong teenager and showed no symptoms. In a way I was glad that the three of us went through all of this at the same time so we could take care of each other and spend time together. Since then it has been negative.” .

Although children are at lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19, mounting evidence shows that they are not immune and may play a role in spreading in the community.

The process of reopening schools has become a national sticking point, with some teacher unions among the most vocal critics of Trump’s push to reopen schools.

In Florida, many teachers and families feared a spike in COVID-19 cases when the state decided to reopen schools in August with in-person education.

But an analysis by USA TODAY shows that the number of positive cases in the state among children ages 5 to 17 declined until the end of September, after a peak in July. Among the counties that record peaks overall, college-age adults – not schoolchildren – are leading the trend, the analysis found.

Early results in Florida show the success of wearing strict masks, socially distancing, isolating contacts, and quickly tracing contacts when needed, health experts said.

Contributors: Joshua Bote, Jessica Flores, Andrea Mandell, Jayme Fraser, Mike Stucka, Emily Bloch, Rachel Fradette, Sommer Brugal and Adrianna Rodriguez; The Associated Press

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