British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Like Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially played down the virus’s severity. But his tone changed after the then 55-year-old spent several days in intensive care in April following his diagnosis of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. His infection could have “gone either way,” Johnson said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been a high-profile detractor of the virus, which he has called a “little cold.” He tested positive for the virus in July and reportedly recovered well after several weeks of a mild infection. Bolsonaro repeatedly flouted health recommendations before contracting the coronavirus — and even afterward, an analysis by The Washington Post found.
Brazil ranks third in the world for the highest number of coronavirus infections and second for covid-19 fatalities, trailing the United States.
Canadian first lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
In mid-March, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau returned