[Update, Oct. 2, 2020 10:40 a.m.]: The First Lady's Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham, has confirmed that Barron Trump tested negative for COVID-19.

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Citizens across the United States and around the world are expressing different levels of shock over the news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for COVID-19, just days after his appearance at the first Presidential debate with Joe Biden, where he mocked the Democratic nominee for often using a mask.

However, while reaction for the President ranges from those poking fun at his previous comments about the deadly virus to others wishing him a speedy recovery, others are wondering about how the diagnosis will affect other members of his family—specifically, his youngest son, Barron.

While the President’s wife and older children—Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Jr and Eric—were all present at Tuesday’s debate, Barron, who is a teenager, was not. The President’s youngest child has actually not been seen since his appearance at the Republican National Convention, where many noted the growth spurt he seemed to have since his father was first elected. Now, with news that his parents are both positive for the virus that has killed over 200,000 Americans, many are wondering about his health, leading to his name on trending on social media Friday morning.

Several users took to Twitter to share general concerns about the First Son’s health and whether he was somewhere safe, being cared for by someone while his parents were in quarantine.

However, it didn’t take long for others to note that Barron was likely safe, since he is rarely ever seen with his parents anyway, so they couldn’t have possibly infected him.

Others also questioned whether the news of the President and First Lady’s diagnosis wasn’t some sort of “October Surprise,” a phenom that seems to emerge late during an election year, just weeks before voters take to the polls in November, with something happening which has the potential to alter the course of the race. After 2016 saw both surprises of the infamous “Access Hollywood” hot mike incident for Trump and the announcement that a new inquiry was being done on Hillary Clinton’s emails, some are now wondering if the diagnosis is fake—and have questioned that if it is real, why Barron has not been reported as having been tested.

As of press time, no official statements have been made in regards to the health of any of the President’s children.

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Barron Trump followed by Charlotte Pence Bond arrive to hear the U.S. president deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention from the South Lawn of the White House on Aug. 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images