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.
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”.
The White House announces a task force to “monitor, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus”.
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. “
After becoming the third president to be contested, Trump is acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Broadway closes and the NCAA cancels March Madness. The USA has more than 1,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus, in almost all states.
Trump signs a second coronavirus relief account.
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.
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.
The death toll in the US doubles, to more than 2,000in just two days.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.