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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19

How this will impact the election and the issues parents are worried about.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19

Late Thursday night President Donald Trump announced that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. He tweeted: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

The president's medical team is maintaining a vigilant watch over his health and we do not yet know if the President is symptomatic, but according to a tweet by First Lady Melania Trump, the President and his wife are "feeling good."

"As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements," she tweeted. "Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."



Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump +  Jared Kushner test negative for COVID-19

The President and the First Lady are quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 and their 14-year-old son, Barron Trump has tested negative for the virus, say White House officials.

"All precautions are being taken to ensure he's kept safe and healthy," the First Lady's chief of staff said in a statement sent to several media outlets on Friday.

The President's oldest daughter, Ivanka, and her husband and fellow Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner, have also tested negative.

Joe Biden tests negative for COVID-19

When President Trump tweeted about his positive COVID-19 test results early Friday morning many wondered if his opponent, Joe Biden, would test positive since the two were in close proximity at the first presidential debate earlier this week.

At the debate President Trump said of Biden: "I don't wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he's got a mask," suggesting that the former Vice President "could be speaking 200 feet away" but could still "shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."

But it seems masking, combined with the social distancing measures taken at the debate may have worked: NBC News reports former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have tested negative for COVID-19.

"Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery," Biden said via a social media statement on Friday. "We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

During the first presidential debate, President Trump was not clear on masks, telling moderator Chris Wallace: "I put a mask on, you know, when I think I need it. Tonight is an example, everybody has had a test...I wear a mask when needed. When needed, I wear masks."

How President Trump's COVID diagnosis could impact parents:

With just 33 days left until the citizens of the United States go to the polls, the President's positive test result is going to throwing a concerning curveball at campaign plans.

Parents were expecting to hear more from President Trump at the next debate scheduled for October 15, and now that debate may not happen. As the New York Times reports, the President is 74 years old and in a high-risk group,.

"In his eighth decade of life, Mr. Trump belongs to the age category deemed most vulnerable to the virus," the paper reports, noting that "Eight out of every 10 deaths attributed to it in the United States have been among those 65 and older."

Statistically speaking, it is likely that the President will recover and get through this despite his high-risk status, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said early Friday.

The President's diagnosis is adding stress to a year that has already been incredibly stressful for parents and as a new study suggested adults (like Trump aide Hope Hicks, who tested positive before the President did) are more likely to spread the virus than children are.

What this means for the economy:

As NBC News reports, stock futures fell Friday after the President's diagnosis was revealed. Bloomberg reports U.S. and European equity futures fell and the dollar rose as after Trump's tweet.

The announcement could further impact markets and potentially the economic health of the nation. However, it should be noted that the President intends to continue to work this week—something that could have ramifications for the economy and the election.

What this means for the election:

Parents are keen to have more information from both candidates on pressing issues like paid leave, healthcare and support for families beyond 2020, but they may have to wait.

It is likely that the October 15 debate will be either cancelled or look more like a Zoom meeting than a traditional debate. It could even (although it's unlikely) mean the campaigns hit pause.

[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country. This is a developing story and will be updated.]

14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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