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Our Coronavirus Coverage

As the pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, we will try very hard to continue giving you blog posts that put the pandemic into historical context. This is not the first — or last — pandemic that humanity will face. This post will remain at the top of the post feed, and the list below will be updated with all our posts on coronavirus.

Presidents and Pathogens

With news today that President Trump has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, I’ve received a number of messages and phone calls asking for a historical perspective on what is going on. President Trump is not the first Chief Executive who has had to deal with a disease. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the disease in March and was hospitalized in intensive care because his symptoms were serious. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil also contracted COVID-19, but his condition was not reported as serious at any time, and — like Mr. Johnson — continued in power throughout the course of his illness.