David B. Cohen is a professor of political science and assistant director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. Follow him on Twitter @POTUSProf. Taylor J. Swift is a policy analyst for Demand Progress, focusing on Congressional transparency, capacity and efficiency. Follow him on Twitter @Taylor_J_Swift. Robert Alexander is a professor of political science and founding director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at Ohio Northern University. He is also the author of “Representation and the Electoral College.” Follow him on Twitter: @onuprof. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the authors. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)President Donald Trump recently claimed that we are at war — not with a foreign nation, but with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a newly discovered virus that causes coronavirus disease or Covid-19. The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic, and despite travel restrictions and orders to shelter in place, the virus has spread throughout the US and infected members of Congress.Sen. Rand Paul, who tested positive for the virus, was in contact with many of his colleagues in the days leading up to his diagnosis. A number of


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