Three months and 50,000 deaths: the turning points for Covid-19 in the USA – timeline | USA News – ABOUT MAG 2020

In just three months, Covid-19 turned life around in the US, devastating cities and businesses and crushing hospitals, unfortunately unprepared. What started as a single infection in Washington State it increased until the US became Covid-19’s global hotspot, with cases confirmed exponentially more than any other nation.

Contradictory messages from Donald Trump and his government have caused confusion about when or whether Americans will return to life as usual. Fights between the president, governors and mayors inspired headlines like critics assault lost chances of containing the virus.

Now, the U.S. has gone through another dark milestone, 50,000 Covid-related deaths, closing at 1 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 26 million are out of work and protesters are demanding an end to orders to stay home, even when experts say such rallies could worsen outbreaks.

These are the turning points of the United States under Covid-19 so far.

January 21th

The USA confirms its first case of Covid-19, after a 35-year-old man who lives north of Seattle returns from Wuhan, China. A day later, Trump says CNBC: “He is a person from China and we have him under control”.

January 29

The White House announces a task force to “monitor, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus”.

January 30

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the outbreak as public health emergency of international interest. But Trump continues to downplay it, saying to a crowd in Iowa: “We only have five people. Fortunately, everything will be fine. “





Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 30.



Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 30. Photo: Leah Millis / Reuters

January 31st

Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, declares a public health emergency. Trump restricts travel from China, a decision he later alleges, wrong, saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

February 5th

After becoming the third president to be contested, Trump is acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

February 6

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sends coronavirus test kits to labs, but initial tests are contaminated, preventing the response. The USA experiences its first known death in Covid-19, California, although will not be identified and reported as such for months.

February, 24

The economy shows signs of free fall, even when Trump tweeted: “The stock market is starting to look pretty good to me!” Your administration asks Congress $ 2.5 billion pay for the development of vaccines and protective equipment.

February 26

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces that a patient in California tested positive for Covid-19, potentially the first case in the United States where the source of infection is unknown. At Life Care Center, a nursing home on the outskirts of Seattle, two residents contract the virus. Dozens will succumb. Trump taps Mike Pence to lead the coronavirus response.





A woman talks on the phone with her mother as they look through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 8.



A woman talks on the phone with her mother as they look through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 8. Photo: David Ryder / Reuters

February 29th

The US makes public what is believed to be its first Covid-related death, a man in his fifties. The case is in Washington state, the ground zero of the virus. Trump restricts travel from iran.

March 6

Trump signs a $ 8.3 billion aid account which receives almost unanimous support in Congress. He says: “Anyone who wants to take a test can take a test “, a claim that confuses Americans and hamstring health professionals.

March 11

O WHO redefines the outbreak as a pandemic. Trump restricts travel from Europe, excluding the UK. Days later, he announces a bar on the United Kingdom and Ireland.

March 12

Broadway closes and the NCAA cancels March Madness. The USA has more than 1,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus, in almost all states.

March 13th

Trump declares a national emergencyon the same day Washington state orders its schools to close.

March 18th

Trump signs a second coronavirus relief account.





An empty Times Square in New York, New York, on March 19.



An empty Times Square in New York, New York, on March 19. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

March 19th

Californians should stay home to reduce the spread of the virus. A day later, New York issues a similar order, starting a war of words between Trump and several governors.

March 24

Trump tells Fox News that he “I would love to have the country open and looking forward to spending Easter ”, April 12. He faces immediate criticism.

March 26th

The United States reports its first 1,000 deaths. The next day, Trump signs a $ 2.2 billion stimulus package that includes a $ 1,200 check for many Americans. Later, Trump strives to ensure that checks, designed to help struggling workers during catastrophic levels of unemployment, are signed. during an election year.

March 28

The death toll in the US doubles, to more than 2,000in just two days.





Temperatures are measured at a walkway checkpoint at Dell Deton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on March 25.



Temperatures are measured at a walkway checkpoint at Dell Deton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on March 25. Photo: Eric Gay / Associated Press

March 31

In a significant change in tone, exactly a week after he publicized the idea of ​​reopening the country at Easter, Trump says that “our country is in the middle of a major national trial, unlike any we’ve faced before.”

April 3

The CDC recommends that all Americans wear face covers in public – after weeks of suggestion to the contrary. The Mayor of New York warns that D-Day is approaching as hospitals struggle to find personal protective equipment, fans, beds and staff.

April 13th

Trump claims full authority over states, saying: “The president of United States takes the shots. He is challenged by the governors, who claim they have no constitutional right to reopen the country without their involvement.

April 17

Two days after thousands of protesters in Michigan gathered to enact the order to stay in his state’s home, Trump sends tweets to “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA”. Protesters in other states they follow the example.





People participate in a protest of



People participate in a “reopening” protest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 20. Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

April 23

The Chamber of Deputies passes another aid law to help small businesses and hospitals, after previous funds for small businesses have fallen into the hands of large companies like Shake Shack and Potbelly. At a news conference, Trump seems to suggest that people can inject disinfectant as a way to fight the virus.

April 24th

Trump claims he was be sarcastic about the disinfectant. O US exceeds 50,000 Deaths related to Covid.

Paula Fonseca