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News of positive Covid-19 test results for President Trump, his wife Melania Trump, and his close aide Hope Hicks roiled news and social media in the early hours of Friday morning.

Medical experts quickly took to Twitter to chime in with their takes. Many said they weren’t shocked, given that the president has downplayed the virus and refused to wear a mask in public in the past. Some expressed misgivings about whether the president and those close to him relied too heavily on testing alone, without also using other risk prevention strategies — such as distancing and wearing masks — in tandem with frequent tests.

Others posed questions about how Trump will be treated, including whether he might be given access to experimental medicines that are still being tested against Covid-19.


Here, STAT has rounded up a range of those perspectives.

On the Trump administration’s internal approach to testing

On Trump’s quarantine and the potential for other exposures

On treatments Trump might receive

On former vice president Joe Biden’s stance on masks and his risk of exposure