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Analysis: When a president got sick and downplayed it (in 1919)

Analysis: When a president got sick and downplayed it (in 1919)


Pandemics are political, and they always have been. Look, for example, at Woodrow Wilson.

In April 1919, President Wilson started coughing. The flu pandemic was raging. It would ultimately kill more than 600,000 people in the United States.

It was a pivotal moment, as The New Yorker described in

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