This is a partial timeline where I track historical announcements around Covid-19 aka the coronavirus aka SARS-CoV-2. It will constantly be updated for reference purposes and posterity, so check back often.
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April 14, 2020
U.S. total confirmed cases - 582,594 & total deaths - 23,649
World cases - 1,930,780 & total deaths - 120,450
April 2, 2020
U.S. total confirmed cases - 215,417 & total deaths - 5,116
World cases - 935,817 & total deaths - 47,208
March 29, 2020
U.S. total confirmed cases - 137,294 & total deaths - 2,414
World cases - 716,101 & total deaths - 33,854
President Trump and Dr. Fauci extend the National Emergency and Social Distancing Guidelines through April, and state in a news conference that a spike in cases is expected to peak in two weeks with recovery by June 1.
March 28, 2020 - President Trump considers quarantine of New York.
March 25, 2020 - I wrote a blog post (here) based on an article by Gretchen LaSalle, MD (verified). The quotes below have been attributed to (unverified) Drs. Julie Silver, Harvard Medical School, and Reem Ghalib, Medical Director at Texas Clinical Research Institute.Regardless, the numbers are legitimate math, not just propaganda. This virus is particularly scary because no one has ever been exposed to it before, there is no immunity built up, no vaccine, and it mutates. That is why the world is scrambling to 'flatten the curve'.
“Suppose you catch the virus. You will give it to 3 other people, and they will each give it to three others, and so forth. Here is how the math works, where you, the “index case,” are the first line:
1 3 9 27 81 243 729 2,187 6,561 19,683 59,046 177,147 531,441 1,594,323 4,782,969 14,348,907
So, in just 15 steps of transmission, the virus has gone from just one index case to 14.3 million other people. Those 15 steps might take only a few weeks. The index person may be young and healthy, but many of those 14 million people will be old and sick, and they will likely die because they got a virus that started in one person's throat.”
March 22, 2020 - Data from John Hopkins Medical University placed the United States 3rd, ahead of Spain.
March 21, 2020 - We ranked as one of the hardest hit nations, moving up to 4th behind China, Italy and Spain.
March 13, 2020 - President Trump declared a National Emergency.
March 3, 2020 - The U.S. entered “community transmission”.
February - Italy’s death toll, surpassed China’s.
January 20, 2020 - First documented case in the United States.
By the end of January, it had spread to 21 countries, including the United States.
January 7, 2020 - It was determined those cases were Covid-19.
December 31, 2010 - China reported cluster cases of pneumonia.