Americans woke up Friday morning to the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus, the same highly contagious virus that has killed more than a million people worldwide and 200,000 in the US since first spreading rapidly early this year.
To find out what this means for the President, and the many people he’s come into contact with this week at the first presidential debate, at a rally in Minnesota, and at a fundraising event in New Jersey, The Brink reached out to coronavirus experts at Boston University for their take on the situation.
Meet the experts:
Joshua Barocas is a physician-scientist working at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC). He both researches the novel coronavirus and treats patients infected with it in the hospital.
Nahid Bhadelia is director of medical response at the NEIDL and director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center.
Ron Corley is director of the NEIDL and a BU School of Medicine immunologist.
Davidson Hamer is a member of BU’s Medical Advisory Group and a BU School of Public Health and School of Medicine infectious disease and global health expert. Hamer is also a faculty member at the NEIDL.
Here’s what they had to say.