President Donald Trump
announced via Twitter early Friday morning that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The shocking news comes just hours after the White House confirmed presidential aide Hope Hicks, who has traveled extensively with the first couple this week, had tested positive and was experiencing symptoms.

The President's diagnosis raises serious concerns for his own safety, as well as that of his family and close advisors and anyone with whom he's had close contact recently. The news also casts great uncertainty over the presidential election just a month before Election Day. And it highlights the severity of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the United States harder than nearly every other country.

Just days before the diagnosis, the President mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for wearing masks. 

“I don’t wear a mask like him,” Trump said during Tuesday's debate. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from him and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

But before getting into the nitty gritty of the implications of the announcement, it'd be remiss to not capture how Twitter users responded.

We are just the messengers: