By: Aisha Dirie
Over the duration of the pandemic, especially these past few months, world leaders have been contracting COVID-19.
Trump announced that he went into quarantine in early October 2020, after testing positive. This was right before the election, and the second presidential debate, but after the first presidential debate. This caused concern that it had been spread to other people at the debate, especially President-elect Joe Biden. Trump contracting COVID-19 cancelled that upcoming 2nd debate.
People close to Trump also contracted the virus including his family, and Ivanka, and some co-workers.
Trump was also hospitalized for his symptoms of COVID-19, as well as other world leaders who contracted COVID-19, like Boris Johnson.
Another world leader that contracted COVID-19 is Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. After testing positive for COVID-19 in mid December, Macron went into quarantine. Since meetings with other countries, and officials, had happened within recent days of his positive test, other European leaders also went into quarantine.
This diagnosis canceled a planned visit to Lebanon, and other planned events for Macron and other leaders in contact with him.
Although many major world leaders have caught COVID-19, many have recovered safely, including Trump and Johnson, who were both hospitalized for their symptoms. Along with these major world leaders contracting the virus, others include: the Prime Minister of Russia, the President of Bolivia, the Prime Minister of Armenia, the President of Poland, and many more, who have all caught COVID-19.
These events just prove how anyone can get COVID-19, and how important it is to take caution.
The COVID-19 vaccine is also starting to be distributed within these countries.
For more information, please visit:
- “Macron Tests Positive for Covid-19, Sending Other European Leaders into Quarantine” https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/17/europe/emmanuel-macron-covid-positive-france-intl/index.html
- “Infographic: World Leaders Who Contracted Covid-19” https://www.statista.com/chart/23091/world-leaders-who-contracted-covid-19/#:~:text=Boris%20Johnson%2C%20the%20British%20prime,post%20again%20on%20April%2027
- “Boris Johnson and Coronavirus: the inside Story of His Illness” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/17/boris-johnson-and-coronavirus-inside-story-illness