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Which politicians have tested positive for COVID-19?

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Photo via The White House/Flickr (Public Domain)

Nobody is immune from the novel coronavirus. It doesn’t matter if you’re a politician, a professional athlete, a famous musician, or a stay-at-home parent, anybody can contract COVID-19. And millions of people around the world have, including these politicians who have coronavirus.

These U.S. politicians who have tested positive for coronavirus:

  • President Donald Trump (R)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Miami, Florida Mayor Francis Suarez
  • John Bessler, husband of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • George Stephanopoulos, former White House communications director
  • Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Donald Reed Herring, brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Katie Miller, press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence
  • Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.)
  • Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.)
  • Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah)
  • Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor, 2012 Republican presidential candidate
  • Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)
  • Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate
  • Philip Gunn, Mississippi State House Speaker (R)
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayor (D)
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.)
  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R)
  • Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s national security advisor
  • Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann (R)
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
  • Florida state Rep. Randy Fine (R)
  • Michigan state Rep. Tom Barrett (R)
  • Tennessee state Rep. Mike Carter (R)
  • Tennessee state Rep. Kent Calfee (R)
  • Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
  • Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
  • Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero
  • Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.)
  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R)
  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D)
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  • Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s aide
  • Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
  • Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s aide
  • Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s press secretary
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan)
  • Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R)
  • Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff

The world leaders and politicians who have tested positive for the coronavirus:

  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Prince of Wales and heir to British throne Prince Charles
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
  • Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo
  • European Union Brexit Chief negotiator Michael Barnier
  • U.K. Health Department Minister Nadine Dorries
  • Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton
  • Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar
  • Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister 
  • Begona Gomez, wife of Spanish Prime Minister 
  • Spanish Catalonia leader Quim Torra
  • Brazilian Press Secretary Fabio Wajngarten
  • British Health Secretary Matthew Hancock
  • Riek Machar, vice president of South Sudan
  • Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduras president
  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro
  • Bolivia Interim President Jeanine Añez
  • Diosdado Cabello, socialist leader in Venezuela
  • Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei

On April 5, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital because of the coronavirus, 10 days after he became infected. Johnson tweeted that he’s in good spirits, and he reportedly remains in charge of the government.

On April 6, Downing Street released a statement saying that Johnson had been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Three days later, Downing Street announced Johnson had recovered enough to be removed from the ICU, and on April 12, Johnson was released from the hospital.

On July 7, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the coronavirus perhaps more than any other major politician in the world, confirmed that he had been infected.

On July 29, it was reported that Gohmert had tested positive, only one day after he sat in on a Congressional judiciary hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr. During the day, Gohmert was spotted by a reporter exchanging comments with Barr outside of the bathroom. Hours later, Gohmert said he would take hydroxychloroquine to help treat COVID-19, even though the drug has been widely discredited for use with the coronavirus.

On July 30, it was announced that Cain died from the coronavirus, weeks after attending the Donald Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On Aug. 10, it was reported that nearly 50 Mississippi state legislators had been infected with the coronavirus by the time the 2020 session ended in early July. According to the report, four had to be hospitalized and three had to be placed in the ICU.

On Oct. 1, only two days after the first presidential debate, President Trump revealed that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus.

On Oct. 12, only 10 days after he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, Utah Sen. Mike Lee was back in Congress and was not wearing a mask during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Meanwhile, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Trump prep for his first presidential debate, said he was in the ICU for seven days battling the virus.

Sources: Al Jazeera, Business Insider, CNN


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