The president’s prognosis includes the full spectrum of possible outcomes. Many people infected by the coronavirus have no symptoms at all. Today, the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters that Trump has been showing “mild” symptoms, akin to those of a common cold. That suggests he has been infected for at least two days, possibly many more. He could clear the virus and test negative in short order, and return to the campaign trail within days. He could also have a prolonged hospitalization involving weeks of unconsciousness on a ventilator, during which time Vice President Mike Pence would take charge. The president could die.
Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, has tested negative for the virus. He wished Trump and first lady Melania a “swift recovery”. Similarly, former US president Barack Obama also wished for Trump and Melania a “speedy recovery”. The Biden campaign has pulled out all the negative ads after Trump’s coronavirus infection.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari have also sent Trump and Melania a “speedy recovery and good health” wishes.