Magazine June 1, 2020, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

X Æ A-12? Isn’t that more of a girl’s name?

 Like so many other things these days, the coronavirus has become a political football. It’s only in blue states! Red-staters on beaches are morons! Etc. ad infinitum. Unfortunately this is no new thing. In the 1790s, Philadelphia, then the nation’s capital, was subject to repeated outbreaks of yellow fever. Medical science had no idea how to treat it (mosquitoes would not be identified as the vector for a century). So doctors and journalists engaged in a partisan scrum. Benjamin Rush, medico and supporter of Thomas Jefferson, whose party had just

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