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??-???-2006 - The Pentagon held an exercise for a flu pandemic
??-Feb-2007 - Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States
17-Apr-2009 - the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the USA, reported a new Influenza A H1N1 strain (swine flu)
26-Apr-2009 - Obama’s acting director of health and human services declared H1N1 a public health emergency (swine flu)
11-Jun-2009 - H1N1 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (swine flu)
23-Oct-2009 - Obama declares H1N1 emergency (swine flu)
30-Sep-2014 - First ebola case idenitified in the US
02-Dec-2014 - Obama: "There may and likely will come a time in which we have both an airborne disease that is deadly. And in order for us to deal with that effectively, we have to put in place an infrastructure -- not just here at home, but globally -- that allows us to see it quickly, isolate it quickly, respond to it quickly"
09-Nov-2015 - A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence
ll-Jul-2016 - NSC Lessons Learned Study On Ebola
04-Oct-2016 - Obama administration’s nursing home regulations aimed at improving infection control
??-Dec-2016 NSC issues 69 page pandemic playbook: "Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents"
13-Jan-2017 - The Obama administration’s transition team conducted tabletop disaster response activities with Trump's top aides, including a pandemic (most of them were later fired or moved on)
20-Jan-2017 - Trump takes office
17-Feb-2017 - Jeremy Konyndyk tweet: "I ran int'l disaster response under Obama, incl the Ebola reponse. Trump is undermining every crisis mgmt tool USG has in its arsenal"
01-Mar-2017 - Jeremy Konyndyk: "Donald Trump, Master of Disaster? Trust me: The president is not ready to handle a global crisis."
21-Dec-2017 - Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare
01-Feb-2018 - CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak
13-Feb-2018 - DNI: novel strain of a virulent microbe that is easily transmissible between humans continues to be a major threat
10-Apr-2018 - then-National Security Advisor John Bolton fires Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert
27-Apr-2018 - Bill Gates: "the next threat may not be a flu at all. More than likely, it will be an unknown pathogen that we see for the first time during an outbreak, as was the case with SARS, MERS, and other recently-discovered infectious diseases"
05-May-2018 - Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security day-long pandemic tabletop exercise, 'Clade X'
08-May-2018 - Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer leaves, global health security team disbanded
08-May-2018 - Pandemic flu is #1 health security concern: WH official (Luciana Borio)
10-May-2018 - Stephen Schwartz tweet: "When the next pandemic occurs (and make no mistake, it will) and the federal government is unable to respond in a coordinated and effective fashion to protect the lives of US citizens and others, this decision by John Bolton and Donald Trump will be why" (re Ziemer's leaving)
17-May-2018 - CDC Pandemic Conference
30-May-2018 - Letter from State AGs saying that nursing home regulatory changes would "not only threaten the mental and physical security of some of the most vulnerable residents of our states" but short circuit their states' ability to criminally prosecute bad actors in the industry.
??-Jul-2019 - FEMA Report Warned of Pandemic Vulnerability Months before COVID-19. "National Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment"
- Trump Administration Is Relaxing Oversight of Nursing Homes
??-Sep-2019 - Mitigating the Impact of Pandemic Influenza through Vaccine Innovation - report by The Council of Economic Advisers that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy.
19-Sep-2019 - President Trump issues executive order to improve flu vaccine, Executive Order on Modernizing Influenza Vaccines in the United States to Promote National Security and Public Health
??-Oct-2019 - Operation Contagion simulation (draft report) (Crimson Contagion)
12-Nov-2019 - Two cases of Pneumonic Plague reported in Beijing (not coronavirus)
16-Nov-2019 - third case of pneumonic plague in Beijing
17-Nov-2019 - Wuhan first case (but not reported til later and not the first reported)
22-Nov-2019 - phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 samples estimates that the novel strain may have originated between 22 and 27 November
27-Nov-2019 - Trump at golf course
28-Nov-2019 -
29-Nov-2019 - Trump at golf course
30-Nov-2019 - Trump played golf
??-Nov-2019 - Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources (late November) (NCMI denies it), US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November
- US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — TV report
01-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course
02-Dec-2019 -
03-Dec-2019 -
04-Dec-2019 - Robert Kadlec: Flu Season: U.S. Public Health: Preparedness and Response Written Testimony House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations) (warns that the US will struggle to get medical supplies as they are manufactured abroad)
12-Dec-2019 - Wuhan first reported case (3 earlier cases found later)
21-Dec-2019 - First Chinese cluster
- Trump at golf course
22-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course
23-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course
24-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course
25-Dec-2019 -
26-Dec-2019 - Trump played golf
- Chinese lab technicians found a new coronavirus
27-Dec-2019 - Hubei doctor Zhang Jixian told authorities that the disease was caused by a new coronavirus
- Trump at golf course
- Chinese lab executives briefed Wuhan Health Officials - “pneumonia of unclear cause”. 27 cases.
- Wuhan health commission sent an “urgent notice” to all hospitals
- Possible first French case (no China travel history)
Probable first Washington case
28-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course
29-Dec-2019 - Trump played golf
30-Dec-2019 - Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang and others warned of SARS on the internet (the report issued that day of it being SARS was erroneous).
- Hong Kong decides to isosolate any suspected cases from Wuhan.
- Trump played golf
31-Dec-2019 - Wuhan pneumonia reported to WHO.
- Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan tighten inbound screening
- Trump at golf course
- Trump: We're going to have a great year, I predict
??-Dec-2019 - The Pentagon first learned about the new coronavirus in December from open source reports emanating from China
- Doctors and nurses in Wuhan told Chinese media there were plenty of signs that the coronavirus could be transmitted between people as early as late December
- Health officials in Taipei said they alerted the WHO at the end of December about the risk of human-to-human transmission of the new virus but said its concerns were not passed on to other countries
01-Jan-2020 - Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market closed
- Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Wuhan Public Security Bureau detains 8 for spreading rumors of a SARS-like illness
02-Jan-2020 - Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- punishment of eight doctors for “rumor-mongering,” broadcast on Chiese national television
03-Jan-2020 - Whistleblower Li Wenliang is warned by the police
- Alex Azar: We were alerted by some discussions that Dr. Redfield, the director of the CDC, had with Chinese colleagues on January 3rd (c. 1:02:50)
- American airstrike killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran
- Trump Miami Florida rally
- Targeted zone strike kills Iran's mahor general Qasem Soleimani
04-Jan-2020 - Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
05-Jan-2020 - Influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus, and coronaviruses SARS and MERS ruled out
- 'We Alerted The World' To Coronavirus On Jan. 5, WHO Says In Response To U.S.
- Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Iran ends nuclear deal
06-Jan-2020 - CDC issued a travel notice for travelers to Wuhan
- Redfield offered China help
07-Jan-2020 - China confirms it is novel
- Chinese President Xi Jinping issued requirements for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus
08-Jan-2020 - Chinese scientists announce the discovery of new virus
09-Jan-2020 - First Wuhan death
- China announced they sequenced the gene, epidemiological information lacking
- Trump, Pence Toledo Ohio rally
10-Jan-2020 - Chinese scientists post gene sequencing data
- Li Wenliang taken ill
- Public Health England (PHE) saaid the risk to the UK is very low and the threat to travelers to Wuhan is low
11-Jan-2020 - WHO first informed of possible Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market link
- Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak
- National Institutes of Health started working on a vaccine
12-Jan-2020 - WHO reports that China shared the genetic sequence for use in developing specific diagnostic kits.
13-Jan-2020 - First Thai case, from Wuhan
- CDC says the genetic sequence has been published on the NIH genetic sequence database, GenBank
- Transition tabletop pandemic exercise
14-Jan-2020 - Maria Van Kerkhove of WHO said that there had been limited human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, mainly small clusters in families, adding that "it is very clear right now that we have no sustained human-to-human transmission" (but see Taiwan says WHO failed to act on coronavirus transmission warning
- top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus
- Trump, Pence Milwaukee rally
15-Jan-2020 - First Japanese case, from Wuhan
- First travel-related case in US arrived in Washington from Wuhan
- the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing initiated the highest-level emergency response internally, level one, but on TV, We have reached the latest understanding that the risk of sustained human-to-human transmission is low
16-Jan-2020 - German researchers develop first diagnostic test
- Articles of impeachment sent to Senate, initiating trial
17-Jan-2020 - US screens for symptoms at airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles
- Azar first able to speak to Trump
- WHO publishes technical guidelines for German test
18-Jan-2020 - Azar warned Trump

- Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Wuhan Health Commission announces 4 more cases, downplaying the risk of human-to-human transmission.

19-Jan-2020 - First US case goes to doc
- Trump at golf course
- Trump at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in Austin, TX
20-Jan-2020 - Dr. Anthony Fauci: "The NIH is in the process of taking the first steps towards the development of a vaccine".
- First South Korean case, First confirmed case in South Korea
- China confirms human-to-human transmission
- Three different strains identified
- First US case confirmed
- Chinese President Xi Jinping commented publicly for the first time on the virus
- China made it a notifiable disease
- China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days
21-Jan-2020 - 1st American case, Washington State, traveled from China, confirmed

- China warns against cover-up as number of cases jumps
- China's Wuhan Institute filed to patent the use of Gilead's remdesivir for the treatment of novel coronavirus
- Trump at Davos
- As Wuhan Virus Spreads, Taiwan Has No Say at WHO

22-Jan-2020 - Wuhan closes airport and train stations for departures
- New data shows current rapid spread and an increase in the rate of transmission
- Trump at Davos
- Trump: "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine" (his first remarks on the subject)
23-Jan-2020 - WHO emergency committee decides it is not yet a public health emergency of international concern.
- WHO assesses the risk of this event to be very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level.
- Davos
- Beijing cancels large Lunar New Year events. Partial Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou Huanggang lockdown.
- A bat virus with 96% similarity had been sequenced in a Yunnan cave in 2013
- 2020 Hubei lockdowns
- Wuhan suspended all public transport and all outbound trains and flights from 10 a.m.
- Trump addressed the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting at the Trump National Doral Miami
24-Jan-2020 - France's and EU's first 3 confirmed cases
- Study: people can be symptom-free for several days while the coronavirus is incubating, increasing the risk of contagious infection without forewarning signs
- Davos
- Trump's first virus tweet: "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!"
- U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho tweet: Today I was briefed by leading global health experts about the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China. We learned that the risk of transmission within the U.S. is low at present (retweeted by Trump on 27th)

. Afterwards Four senators sold stocks before coronavirus threat crashed market - Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
- Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention posts details of test on the World Health Organization website
- First mentions in the Lancet: Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China and A familial cluster of pneumonia associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus indicating person-to-person transmission: a study of a family cluster

25-Jan-2020 - Australia first 4 cases
- Malaysia first 4 cases
- Canada first case
- announced plans to charter a jet to evacuate US citizens out of Wuhan
26-Jan-2020 - The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) has started developing vaccines
- China mandated screening at at airports, railway stations, bus stations and ports
- China tours suspended.
27-Jan-2020 - Canada's first case confirmed (from Wuhan)
- Chief of staff Mulvaney holds intertention for Trump to pay attention to the virus (he is fired a month later)

- WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Beijing
- First transmission by an asymptomatic case, in Germany
- USCDC travel advisory for whole of Hubei Province
- US State Department raises travel advisory for China to Level 3
- USCDC raises its travel health notice for China to Warning - Level 3, Avoid All Nonessential Travel
- White House aides huddled with then-acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

28-Jan-2020 - Xi and the WHO DG meet in Beijing and agree to send a team of international experts, including US CDC to China to investigate
- Whistleblower Li Wenliang cleared
- A UK-Chinese medical research paper reports a statistical model finding that "estimates suggest the actual number of infected cases could be much higher than the reported"
- WHO advises against the application of any restrictions of international traffic based on the information currently available on this event
- Air Canada halts all direct flights to China following the federal government's advisory
- UK warns against non-essential travel to China
- USCDC boosting staffing at 20 US airports with quarantine facilities
- Dr. Carter Mecher, a senior medical adviser at the VA: Any way you cut it, this is going to be bad... The projected size of the outbreak already seems hard to believe
- Trump Wildwood NJ rally
- Article: Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic by Luciana Borio and Scott Gottlieb
29-Jan-2020 - WH announces new task force
- Canada issues a travel advisory to avoid non-essential travel to China
- Canada says it will evacuate Canadians from affected areas of China
- Trump tweet: Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies...
- Peter Navarro memo: The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil... This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans. (Trump denies seeing it)
- Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China, of Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia
- U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees (whistteblower)
30-Jan-2020 - US first confirmed case of person-to-person transmission

- WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
- Italy confirms its first two cases, close all air traffic to and from China
- US State Department raises travel advisory to "Level 4: Do Not Travel to China." Consider departing, American diplomatic staff and their families. Expect travel restrictions any time
- State of Washington declares a Level 1 Emergency and activates its Emergency Response Center
- The US National Library of Medicine begins collection of website and social media reporting of the virus outbreak as part of its Global Health Events archiving
- Trump tweet: Working closely with China and others on Coronavirus outbreak. Only 5 people in U.S., all in good recovery
- Trump: We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you
- HHS secretary, Alex M. Azar II, directly warned Mr. Trump of the possibility of a pandemic
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America
- Trump calls Azar warning of the possibility of a pandemic 'alarmist'
- Trump, Pence Des Moines Iowa rally
- Trump spoke at Dana Incorporated to celebrate the signing of the USMCA, Warren, MI
- Wilbur Ross says coronavirus ‘will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America’

31-Jan-2020 - The United Kingdom and Russia confirmed their first coronavirus infections
- China warns the public that coronavirus patients can become reinfected
- Trump will deny entry to foreign nationals who have traveled in China in the last 14 days

- Italy becomes the first EU country to declare a state of emergency
- US declares a Public Health Emergency due to the coronavirus, closing its borders to all foreign nationals "who pose a threat of transmitting the virus from entering the country and would quarantine U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province in China" starting Sunday, February 2 at 5 p.m. Evacuees from Wuhan to be quarantined
- Trump at Mar-a-Lago
- Brexit - UK withdrawal from the European Union

??-Jan-2020 - U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic (At least a dozen times - but did he read his briefings?)
- U.S. manufacturers shipped millions of dollars’ worth of face masks and other protective medical equipment to China
- In late January, when only six people in the United States had been diagnosed with the illness, the Pentagon was releasing its first coronavirus-related guidance to service members and personnel.
01-Feb-2020 - Spain confirmed its first case, in the Canaries
- China exempted duties and tariffs on epidemic-related goods from US
- Apple Inc. temporarily closed all Apple Stores in mainland China
- India banned the export of N95 masks with immediate effect
- Trump played golf at Mar-a-Lago: Getting a little exercise this morning!
02-Feb-2020 - First death outside China, in the Philippines
- Trump: We pretty much shut it down coming in from China
- A pharma company was given control of Wuhan Red Cross warehouse management after complaints
- Huoshenshan Hospital was completed after 8 days
- Wuhan orders quarantine of all suspected patients and close contacts
- China asks the EU to facilitate the sale of medical supplies "through commercial channels"
- A new mask factory starts production in China, only 7 days after being proposed
- Trump played golf at Mar-a-Lago, hosted superbowl-themed party, disrespected national anthem
- Virus threatens U.S. companies’ supply of Chinese-made parts and materials
03-Feb-2020 - US enforces coronavirus travel restrictions. China says it's an overreaction
- US army warning
- WHO has developed a dashboard for Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (now here)
- In Wuhan, the People's Liberation Army Ground Force takes over medical supplies delivery
- World Dream cruise ship quarantined
- CDC plans to distribute testing kits to speed up the diagnosis
04-Feb-2020 - Japan says 10 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored in Yokohama Bay have it. Ship is quarantined
- Grassley Receives Classified Briefing on Coronavirus (statement)
- Belgium reports first case
- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: We now advise British Nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus
- State of the Union
- Trump: "We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China"
- Article: "It’s time for a ‘no regrets’ approach to coronavirus" by Jeremy Konyndyk
05-Feb-2020 - Impeachment: Senate acquits Trump
- China changes diagnostic criteria
- The first shelter hospital in China is put into use
- Wuhan applies for a patent for Gilead's Redesivir
- Azar requests a supplemental of over $4bn
- Chris Murphy (D-Conn) tweet: Just left the Administration briefing on Coronavirus. Bottom line: they aren't taking this seriously enough. Notably, no request for ANY emergency funding, which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening staff etc. And they need it now
06-Feb-2020 - China to halve the tariff on US$75 billion goods imported from America
- US HSS asked Pentagon to provide military installations near 11 major airports for quarantine
- WHO said it was shipping 250,000 test kits to labs around the world, CDC began sending 90, and they proved ineffective
- First US case dies (not the first case reported) (California)
07-Feb-2020 - Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who sounded the alarm in December and was punished, dies. Online protests censored

Trump tweet: he [Xi] will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone
- White House asks scientists to investigate origins of coronavirus
- U.S. announces aid for China, other countries impacted by coronavirus (up to $100 million)

- Federal Reserve Bank: the virus is a potential threat to the growth of the US economy
- The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (to China) (Mike Pompeo)
- Trump spoke at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit, Charlotte, NC
- State Department announced that nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies had been shipped to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials

08-Feb-2020 - First foreigner in Wuhan, an American, dies
- Aerosol was confirmed as a medium of transmission for the first time
09-Feb-2020 - WHO advance team on coronavirus on way to China
10-Feb-2020 - Xi visits Wuhan. WHO experts arrive
- Trump, Pence, Manchester NH rally
- Trump: You know in April, supposedly, it dies with the hotter weather. And that's a beautiful date to look forward to (Manchester, New Hampshire rally)

"Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away"
- Trump: a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though.
- Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping wore a mask
- Trump Proposes 16% Cut To CDC As Global Number Of Coronavirus Infections And Deaths Rise
- Trump at Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to two American troops killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan

11-Feb-2020 - The WHO names the illness Covid-19. the virus itself is named SARS-CoV-2
- Shenzhen University has developed a new 22 minute coronavirus antibody detection kit
- Fox's Maria Bartiromo: China 'knew that they had' coronavirus before sending delegation to White House (biological weapon?)
12-Feb-2020 - President Xi ordered tax cut to invigorate the economy
- Vaccine for new coronavirus 'COVID-19' could be ready in 18 months: WHO
- CDC: Coronavirus Test Kits Flawed
13-Feb-2020 - Shanghai mayor and Wuhan Communist Party chief replaced
- China extends order to shut down all non-essential companies, including manufacturing plants, in Hubei Province until at least 24:00 20 February 2020
- Azar unveiled surveillance system to hunt for COVID-19 cases
- Trump visited RNC at Rosslyn, Virginia
14-Feb-2020 - First European death in France, a Chinese tourist
- First Egypt case, first in Africa
- Trump: There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus. So we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.
- Trump: We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.
- WHO Operations Support and Logistics (OSL) started the dispatch of laboratory COVID-19 testing kits for 56 countries
- A new 15-minute test kit was developed by a team led by Zhong Nanshan
- U.S. Government Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- Trump to Mar-a-Lago
15-Feb-2020 - US evacuate Americans from the cruise ship Diamond Princess
- Trump played golf at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Trump attended a fundraiser at the home of Nelson Peltz in Palm Beach
- First reported death outside Asia, in France (Chinese tourist)
16-Feb-2020 - In China animal testing of a vaccine began
- Trump attended the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Florida
17-Feb-2020 - From today, WHO reporting all confirmed cases - laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed
- WHO has dispatched 37 shipments of testing kits to 34 countries and 3 regional offices
18-Feb-2020 - Xi tells Boris they "are achieving visible progress"
- Americans evacuate the Diamond Princess, head for quarantine in US
- Trump met with the members of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and LA 2028 organizers and held a fundraiser in Beverley Hills, Ca.
- Trump spent the night at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
19-Feb-2020 - WHO preliminary estimates:
- - incubation period (the time between infection and symptom onset): median 5-6 days (ranging from 0-14 days)
- confirmed fatality ratio (CFR, the proportion of cases that die): 2.3% in China (based on laboratory-confirmed cases as of 11 February), lower elsewhere
- Infection Fatality Ratio (IFR) estimates range from 0.3% to 1% (based on estimates of all cases)
- serial interval (the time between symptom onset of a primary and secondary case): estimates range from 4.4 to 7.5 days
- Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers who tested negative start to disembark despite warnings of risk of carrying
- Trump: I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.
- First cases, two deaths in Iran
- Trump, Phoenix AZ rally
- Trump participated in a roundtable at a Golf Club and held a fundraiser at Larry Ellison's private home, Rancho Mirage, Ca.
- Trump delivered remarks to Rural Stakeholders on California Water Accessibility at the JACO Hangar in Meadows Field Airport, Bakersfield, Ca.
- Trump held a Keep America Great Rally at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ
- Trump spent the night at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
20-Feb-2020 - First two deaths on the Diamond Princess
- Trump delivered delivered the Commencement Address at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

- Trump, Pence, Colorado Springs rally

21-Feb-2020 - CDC changes how it counts cases; separates the repatriated from those identified locally
- Lebanon and Israel reported first cases
- Trump, Pence, Las Vegas rally
22-Feb-2020 - A Chinese study found that the new coronavirus in the Wuhan seafood market was introduced from elsewhere
- CDC blocked FDA official from premises
23-Feb-2020 - Trump: We have it very much under control in this country
- Peter Navarro memo: increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1.2 million souls (Trump denies seeing it)
- Dr. Robert Kadlec: Is this true?! If so we have a huge whole on our screening and quarantine effort (of asymptomatic spread)
- Trump leaves for India
24-Feb-2020 - Trump tweet: The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
- Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, and Oman) reported first cases
- The WHO-China joint mission concluded
- U.S. Stocks Plunge as Coronavirus Crisis Spreads
- White House unveils $2.5B emergency coronavirus plan
- APHL and Partners Urge Emergency Funding to Bolster Novel Coronavirus Response (laboratories)
- Namaste Trump rally in India
25-Feb-2020 - NIH announces antiviral drug remdesivir clinical trial in Omaha, starting with a Diamond Princess evacuee.
- Italy locks down some Lombardy towns and villages
- Trump: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus
- CDC Says to Prepare for Coronavirus Spread in U.S. with the ‘Expectation That This Could Be Bad’
- Trump: I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away... Now they have studied it, they know very much...In fact, we are very close to a vaccine
- Trump: People are getting better, they're all getting better
- Trump: You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job
- Algeria, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland) reported first cases
- Nancy Messonnier, CDC: Ultimately, we will see community spread in this country... It’s not a question of if but rather a question of when and how many people in this country will have severe illness... Now is the time for hospitals, schools and everyday people to begin preparing as well
- CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption' from coronavirus
- Larry Kudlow: This virus won’t last forever. We have contained it
- Trump leaves India
26-Feb-2020 - First possible US case of "community spread", in California
- Trump puts Pence in charge
- Trump: So we’re at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck
- Trump: And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done
- Trump: I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up
- Trump: We’re ready for it. We’re really prepared. … We hope it doesn’t spread. There’s a chance that it won’t spread too, and there’s a chance that it will, and then it’s a question of at what level.
- Dr. Nancy Messonnier (CDC): it’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen – and how many people in this country will have severe illness (transcript) (trump had not been told)
- Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, and North Macedonia reported first cases
- Trump: "This is a flu. This is like a flu"
- Trump: "We're going very substantially down, not up"
- Trump: "And the flu is higher than that. The flu is much higher than that" (0.1%)
- Trump arrives back from India
- Trump: "Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low ... When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That's a pretty good job we've done."
- Commerce Department promoted the sale of U.S. medical supplies to China amid the covid-19 outbreak
27-Feb-2020 - Trump: "It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear"
- Trump tweet: "Only a very small number in U.S., & China numbers look to be going down. All countries working well together!"
- GOP Senator Burr knew catastrophe was coming. He exclusively warned a wealthy slice of constituents
- Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Nigeria reported first cases
- Dow falls 1,191 points -- the most in history
- Azar: the immediate risk to the American public remains low
- Trump tweet: "Congratulations and thank you to our great Vice President & all of the many professionals doing such a fine job at CDC & all other agencies on the Coronavirus situation. Only a very small number in U.S., & China numbers look to be going down. All countries working well together!"
28-Feb-2020 - WHO increased the assessment of the risk of spread and risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at the global level
- First UK death
- Trump: We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of — a lot of elements that, frankly, we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical
- Acting White House chief of staff Mulvaney: The reason you’re seeing so much attention to it today is that they think this is going to be the thing that brings down the president, That’s what this is all about it (downplayed the threat)

- Trump: I think it's really going well. We did something very fortunate: we closed up to certain areas of the world very, very early -- far earlier than we were supposed to. I took a lot of heat for doing it. It turned out to be the right move, and we only have 15 people and they are getting better, and hopefully they're all better soon.
- Mexico and San Marino reported first cases
- Coronavirus passed on within UK for first time as 20th case confirmed
- SARS-CoV-2 detected for the first time in tears and conjunctival secretions (pink eye) of a patient.
- Azerbaijan, Monaco reported first cases
- Trump: The Democrat policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health and well-being of all Americans. Now you see it with the coronavirus, you see it. You see it with the coronavirus.
- Trump:They tried the impeachment hoax... And this is their new hoax
- Trump, North Charleston SC rally
- Dr. Anthony Fauci praised the travel restrictions from China as helping stem the #coronavirus spread, but said the “U.S. cannot be completely immune” to #COVID19
- Trump: "The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. This is their new hoax,"

29-Feb-2020 - First US death, in Washington State, Gov. Jay Inslee declares a state of emergency
- Trump: Everything is really under control (at CPAC, National Harbor, MD)
- Trump: We've taken the most aggressive actions to confront the coronavirus. They are the most aggressive taken by any country and we’re the number-one travel destination anywhere in the world, yet we have far fewer cases of the disease than even countries with much less travel or a much smaller population
- Ecuador, Ireland, Qatar reported first cases
- NASA images show coronavirus shutdown has cleared China pollution
- Trump Warns Not to Travel to Italy, South Korea
- Dr. Fauci: If this virus acts like other viruses, which I have no reason to believe it won’t, once you’ve gotten infected and recovered, you’re not going to get infected with the same virus. - Trump: On Monday, I’ll be meeting with the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, actually. They’ll be coming to the White House, and we’re talking about a vaccine and developing, very quickly — and they’ve already started working on it — developing, very rapidly, a vaccine for the virus, to combat the virus.
??-Feb-2020 - U.S. manufacturers shipped millions of dollars’ worth of face masks and other protective medical equipment to China
- At the end of February, the Pentagon had already canceled several military exercises, restricted movement overseas and ordered all ships that had visited Pacific countries to self-quarantine.
01-Mar-2020 - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares a public health emergency
- Azar: In terms of testing kits, we've already tested over 3,600 people for the virus (apparently he meant tests - only 500 people)
02-Mar-2020 - Trump: You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that would have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona? Dr Fauci: No.
- British scientists warned up to four-fifths of Britons could be infected and one in a hundred might die (i.e. 500,000 deaths in nearly 70 million)
- Trump: how many people die a year from the flu?' And, in this country, I think last year was 36- or 37,000 people. And I'm saying, 'Wow, nobody knew that information'
- Dr. Fauci: A year to a year and a half (when asked by Trump how long until a vaccine)
- Trump: they're going to have vaccines, I think relatively soon
- Trump Charlotte NC rally
- FDA emergency use authorization allowing industrial masks to be sold for healthcare use
03-Mar-2020 - Fed Reserve cuts interest rates by 0.5%, first emergency cut, and biggest, since 2008
- Boris Johnson shook hands with COVID-19 patients
- WHO: Globally, about 3.4% of reported #COVID19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected
- WHO DG: coronavirus causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza. While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
- Trump: We’re moving at a maximum speed to develop the therapies, not only the vaccines, but the therapies. Therapies is sort of another word for cure
- Trump visited the Vaccine Research Center and the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health< Bethesda MD
- a commercial officer in the U.S. embassy in Beijing alerted colleagues to the "new service" promoting American medical supply exports to China (China and Hong Kong COVID Procurement Service)
- Pence: "We’re going to put all inspection resources, at the state level, focused on infectious disease, looking at nursing homes being a focal point of vulnerability and a vulnerable population" (but they are relaxing Obama-era rules)
04-Mar-2020 - Iran to release 54,000 from prisons, deploy health workers. Deadliest ourbreak outside China. 23 members of parliament tested positive.
- CDC ended restriction of testing to people in hospital or with close contact
- Trump: [W]e have a very small number of people in this country [infected]. We have a big country. The biggest impact we had was when we took the 40-plus people [from a cruise ship]... We brought them back. We immediately quarantined them. But you add that to the numbers. But if you don’t add that to the numbers, we’re talking about very small numbers in the United States
- Trump: Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number (WHO death rate)
- Trump: Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that
- Pence: It's safe to fly in America and it's safe to fly internationally apart from the travel advisories that are available to the public
- Trump: I think we went as high as 100,000 people died in 1990, if you can believe that (frpm flu. It was more like 26,582
- Trump: the borders are automatically shut down (with China, but it excepted American citizens and permanent residents and their families)
- Trump: And they didn't do anything about it" (of Obama, H1N1 - swine flu - not true)
- Trump tweet: Gallup just gave us the highest rating ever for the way we are handling the CoronaVirus situation - not true)
- HHS to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks
- China and Hong Kong COVID Procurement Service shut down
- Trump: "Now, this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this, and it's very mild. They will get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor. Personally, I would say, the number is way under 1%"
05-Mar-2020 - Trump tweet: With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick action on closing our borders, has, as of now, only 129 cases (40 Americans brought in) and 11 deaths.
- First UK death
- States, health insurers address coronavirus costs
- Pence: We don't have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward

- Trump: We got hit with the virus really three weeks ago (it was 21 January - 6 weeks)
- Congress passed $8.3B bill to fight coronavirus outbreak (trump asked for $2.5 billion)
- Trump participated in a Fox News Town Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center, Pa.
- Pence visits the Minnesota headquarters of 3M

06-Mar-2020 - Trump: I said, ‘Calm. You have to be calm. It’ll go away.’
- TRUMP: Do I want to bring all those people off? People would like me to do it... I would rather have them stay on, personally... I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault (Diamond Princess)
- Trump signs $8 billion supplemental bill - OMB had said $2.5bn, Azar had asked for $4bn
- Trump: "anybody who wants a test will get a test". "I like this stuff. I really get it". "People here are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’" (CDC HQ tour, Atlanta)

- Trump: But it’s an unforeseen problem. What a problem. Came out of nowhere... So we’re signing the $8.3 billion. I asked for 2.5 and I got 8.3, and I’ll take it.

- Kudlow: frankly, so far it looks relatively contained.
- Azar: There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been. Up to 4 million tests available in the United States by the end of next week
- Trump: I hear the numbers are getting much better in Italy (not true)
- Trump visited Nashville and Cookeville to survey areas damaged in the March 2020 Tennessee tornado outbreak
- Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago

07-Mar-2020 - Democrats work the weekend to craft relief bill.
- Trump: No, I'm not concerned at all. No, we’ve done a great job with it
- Trump: It came out of China, and we heard about it. And made a good move: We closed it down; we stopped it. Otherwise — the head of CDC said last night that you would have thousands of more problems if we didn't shut it down very early. That was a very early shutdown, which is something we got right.
- Trump visited the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. (after first canceling the visit)
- Trump played golf at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Brazil President Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago (Several people there tested positive afterwards)
- Grand Princess cruise ship still not allowed to dock
08-Mar-2020 - Italy resticts travel in Lombardy and 14 other provinces, affecting more than 10 million in the north
- Trump played golf at International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, FL
- Surgeon General Jerome Adams: But speaking of being at risk, the president, he sleeps less than I do and he’s healthier than what I am
- Trump: We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House.
- White House social media director Dan Scavino tweets picture of Trump fiddling: "My next piece is called... nothing can stop what's coming." Trump retweets it, saying: Who knows what this means, but it sounds good to me!
09-Mar-2020 - The whole of Italy is locked down
- Trump tweet: So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
- Trump tweet: The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
- Global shares plunge in worst day since financial crisis
- Trump: I like the numbers being where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship
- Trump held a fundraiser at the home of Bob Dello Russo, Longwood, Florida.
- Charlie Kirk tweet: Democrats and the mainstream media are trying to incite panic over the Coronavirus (retweeted by Trump)
- Trump tweet: The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
- Quinnipiac poll: 68 percent of Democrats were concerned that they or someone they knew would be infected, but only 35 percent of Republicans
10-Mar-2020 - Trump: "It hit the world. And we're prepared, and we're doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away"
- Trump: "As you know, it’s about 600 cases, it’s about 26 deaths, within our country. And had we not acted quickly, that number would have been substantially more"
- Trump: It's really working out, and a lot of good things are gonna happen. Just stay calm. It will go away.
11-Mar-2020 - WHO declares a pandemic, the first caused by a coronavirus.
- Trump restricts travel from the Schengen Area of Europe for 30 days to all but US citizens and permanent residents - they'd be screened
- Trump: "To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days" (but One final viral infusion: Trump’s move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a surge of passengers from the outbreak’s center)
- Trump: I think we’re going to get through it very well
- Trump: We're having to fix a problem that four weeks ago nobody thought would be a problem
- Dr. Fauci: I can say we will see more cases, and things will get worse than they are right now
- Dr. Fauci: It is ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu.
- ‘We get it, and we’re on it’: Ottawa unveils $1B response fund for coronavirus pandemic ($50 million contribution to the World Health Organization and an additional $275 million to fund coronavirus research in Canada.)
- Trump: "This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus" (video)
- Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (effective 13th)
12-Mar-2020 - Dow plunges 10% amid coronavirus fears for its worst day since the 1987 market crash
- Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau self-quarantines for 14 days after his wife tests positive
- Trump: The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point. Other countries that are smaller countries have many, many deaths. Thirty-two is a lot. Thirty-two is too many. But when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. (Meeting with Prime Minister Varadkar of Ireland at WHite House)
- Trump: It's gonna go away
- Trump cancels rallies, defends coronavirus response amid tanking Dow
- Dr. Fauci: The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now, to what you are asking for. That is a failing.
13-Mar-2020 - Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion
- Trump tweet: To this point, and because we have had a very strong border policy, we have had 40 deaths related to CoronaVirus. If we had weak or open borders, that number would be many times higher!
- Trump: "We have 40 people right now. Forty. Compare that with other countries that have many, many times that amount. And one of the reasons we have 40 and others have — and, again, that number is going up, just so you understand. And a number of cases, which are very small, relatively speaking — it's going up. But we've done a great job because we acted quickly. We acted early. And there's nothing we could have done that was better than closing our borders to highly infected areas"
- Trump tweet: For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it. It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped. President Obama made changes that only complicated things further.....
- Trump tweet: Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!
- Trump: No, I don't take responsibility at all
14-Mar-2020 - President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Doctor Says
- Bolton tweet: Claims that streamlining NSC structures impaired our nation's bio defense are false. Global health remained a top NSC priority, and its expert team was critical to effectively handling the 2018-19 Africa Ebola crisis. The angry Left just can't stop attacking, even in a crisis.
15-Mar-2020 - Trump: "Relax, we’re doing great... It all will pass"
Dr. Fauci: "The worst is ahead for us"
16-Mar-2020 - Canada to bar entry to travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Americans
- Trump refers to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus"
- Trump: my administration is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, work to engage in schooling from home when possible, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.
- Trump: I’d rate it a 10. I think we’ve done a great job.
- Trump: But people are talking about July, August, something like that. So it could be right in that period of time where it, I say, wash — it washes through
- Department of Defense suspends domestic travel for military and civilian personnel until May as coronavirus outbreak grows in US
17-Mar-2020 - Trump Fires Back at Complaints He’s Stigmatizing China Over Coronavirus
- Trump Now Claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic
- Trump: This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic
- Dr. Deborah Birx: It doesn't help to put out a test where 50% or 47% are false positives (inaccurate about a Chinese test, but WHO used a German one)
- Trump: No, I’ve always viewed it as very serious. There was no difference yesterday from days before. I feel the tone is similar, but some people said it wasn’t.
18-Mar-2020 - Trump signs relief package for free testing and paid emergency leave.
- WHO official warns against calling it 'Chinese virus,' says 'there is no blame in this'
- Trump signs the Defense Production Act 'in case we need it'
- Trump: I view it as, in a sense, a wartime president
- Trump: Nobody ever thought of numbers like this
- Trump tweet: I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China - against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!
- Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of Covid-19
19-Mar-2020 - China reports no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time
- Trump: Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. Nobody has ever seen anything like this before.
- Trump touts chloroquine
- White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says
20-Mar-2020 - Trump: I say that you’re a terrible reporter, when asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?” by NBC News’ Peter Alexander.
- U.S. Army tweet: Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of the @USACEHQ, provides a 'simple' solution to the complicated problem of building temporary medical facilities to assist states with responding to #COVID19. This clip is from a press conference by Army senior leader on March 20, 2020.
- Trump: " It may work, it may not work. I feel good about it. That’s all it is. Just a feeling. You know, I’m a smart guy. I feel good about it." (about hydroxychloroquine) (but Hydroxychloroquine: Trump's Covid-19 'cure' increases deaths, global study finds)
21-Mar-2020 - Despite federal guidelines, Trump suggests 'sanitizing' and reusing medical masks
- Trump tweet: "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine..."
22-Mar-2020 - Coronavirus stimulus bill fails in key Senate procedural vote. "Democratic leaders warned that the bill did too much to bail out companies and not enough to help workers."
23-Mar-2020 - UN Sec-Gen calls for an immediate global ceasefire to fight "the common enemy"
- Trump: "America will again, and soon, be open for business — very soon — a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. We're not going to let the cure be worse than the problem ... Parts of our country are very lightly affected."
24-Mar-2020 - Japan and IOC postpone Olympics to 2021 - Trump wants America ‘opened up and raring to go’ by Easter
- Trump: "I think Easter Sunday — you'll have packed churches all over our country." (12 April)
- Trump: "I'd love to have it open by Easter, I would love to have it open by Easter, I will tell you that right now. I would love to have that" at a Fox News town hall
- Trump: "We've never closed down the country for the flu. So you say to yourself, 'What is this all about?"
25-Mar-2020 - WH and Senate agree $2.2 trillion stimulus (CARES Act)
- Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19 coronavirus
- Trump: We’re the ones that gave the great response, and we’re the ones that kept China out of here. And if I didn’t do it, you’d have thousands and thousands of people died — who would’ve died — that are now living and happy.
- Trump tweet: "The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!"
- G-7 Failed to Agree on Joint Statement after U.S. Insisted on Using ‘Wuhan Virus’ (Pompeo)
- The military has suspended all travel, deployments, exercises for the entire force
26-Mar-2020 - World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call
- Trump: We took over an empty shelf. We took over a very depleted place, in a lot of ways. As you know, the testing is going very, very well. And that was obsolete and broken, and we fixed it and it’s been going really good. And I think, very importantly, the stockpile — we’re really filling it up, and we fill it up rapidly, but we get it out. Sometimes we have it sent directly to the states instead.
- Trump: when this is over, we’re going to be fully stockpiled, which they would have never been, except for a circumstance — this was — this was something that nobody has ever thought could happen to this country. I’m not even blaming — look, we inherited a broken situation, but I don’t totally blame the people that were before me and this administration. Nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could have happened.
- Trump: when I first got involved, I was being told numbers that were much, much higher than the number that seems to be. And remember that people that have it — many people have it. I just spoke to two people. They had it. They never went to a doctor. They had it — absolutely had it — but they never went to a doctor. They never went to anything. They didn’t even report it. You have thousands and — hundreds of thousands of cases like that. So you have to add that to the caseload also. And the people that actually die, that percentage is — is a much lower percentage than I ever thought.
- "They have to go back to work; our country has to go back. Our country is based on that, and I think it's going to happen pretty quickly."
27-Mar-2020 - US House passes the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (S.3548) - $2 trillion)
- Trump signs the stimulus package into law
- Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
- Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, used by White House, given FDA Emergency Use Authorization (prone to false negatives)
- Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus bill into law - extends liability waiver for masks
28-Mar-2020 - The FDA has approved emergency use of a new coronavirus test that delivers positive results in 5 minutes and negative results in 13
- Trump saw off hospital ship USNS Comfort, which was heading to New York City to aid virus response, Norfolk Va.
29-Mar-2020 - Trump: We can expect that by June 1, we will be well on our way to recovery... We think by June 1. A lot of great things will be happening.
- President Trump Sees off Navy Hospital Ship Comfort in Norfolk
- Trump: "So you're talking about 2.2. million deaths — 2.2 million people from this. And so if we can hold that down, as we're saying, to 100,000 — that's a horrible number — maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100,000 and 200,000. We all, together, have done a very good job. But 2.2 — up to 2.2 million deaths, and maybe even beyond that. I'm feeling very good about what we did last week."
30-Mar-2020 - Hungary passes law that will let Orbán rule by decree
- FDA authorizes widespread use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying possible benefit outweighs risk (hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine)
- Ford, GE plan to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days
- Trump: "New York is really in trouble, but I think it's going to end up being fine. We're loading it up, we're stocking it up ... And then by a little short of June, maybe June 1, we think the — you know, it's a terrible thing to say, but we think the deaths will be at a very low number. It'll be brought down to a very low number from right now, from where it's getting to reach its peak"
31-Mar-2020 - Botswana, Burundi, and Sierra Leone report first cases
- Russian Plane With Coronavirus Medical Gear Lands in U.S. After Trump-Putin Call
- Trump tweet: 30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD #COVIDー19 (the president's coronavirus guidelines for America)
- White House Projects 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. Deaths From Coronavirus
- Trump plans to intervene on allowing Holland America cruise ships to dock in Florida (MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam)
- Trump: It’s absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines for the next 30 days... It’s a matter of life and death.
- Trump: I’m a cheerleader for our country and I want it to do a great job so the number can be kept — and I’ve always said it: I want as few a number of people to die as possible
- Trump: "I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead... We're going to go through a very tough two weeks, and then hopefully, as the experts are predicting ... we're going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel... It's a matter of life and death, frankly"
- Trump: "This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is gonna be a very bad two — or maybe even three — weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we haven't seen before"
- Trump: "But it's not the flu. It's vicious. When you send a friend to the hospital and you call up to find out, how is he doing, it happened to me. Where he goes to the hospital, he says goodbye, sort of a tough guy, little older, little heavier than he'd like to be, frankly. And you call up the next day, 'how's he doing?' And he's in a coma? This is not the flu."
- Trump: "I knew everything. I knew it could be horrible, and I knew it could be maybe good."
01-Apr-2020 - Pence: I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus
- FDA says there's a shortage of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine due to Trump surge
- U.S. postpones immigration hearings for migrants in Mexico
- Evacuation of coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt under way
02-Apr-2020 - 6.6 million US workers file for their first week of unemployment benefits w/e March 28, a record
- World total cases exceed 1 million
- Malawi reports first case
- Cuomo: New York Has Only Six Days Of Ventilators Left In Stockpile
- Trump invokes Defense Production Act for ventilator equipment and N95 masks
03-Apr-2020 - Trump: nobody could ever have assumed that something like this happened
- Jared Kushner: the notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile; it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use
- Trump administration now recommending Americans wear "non-medical cloth" face coverings
- The Falkland Islands reports its first case
- China Donates 1,000 Ventilators to New York
- New York Is Going to Start Seizing Unused Ventilators and Giving Them to Desperate Hospitals
- CDC begins blood tests to find undetected coronavirus cases
- US 'wants 3M to end mask exports to Canada and Latin America'
- Barr Expands Early Release of Inmates at Prisons Seeing More Coronavirus Cases
- Trump: "I said it’s going away and it is going away."
04-Apr-2020 - Trump administration edits national stockpile website
- Trump tells Americans to take unproven malaria drug to prevent Covid-19 (hydroxychloroquine)
- Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance
- US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe
05-Apr-2020 - A tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive
- Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus
- Coronavirus: Queen tells UK 'we will succeed' in fight
06-Apr-2020 - Larry Kudlow: No one could have predicted the exponential rise of this
- Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care; Foreign Minister Deputized
- Canada says US blocked delivery of three million masks
- New England Patriots plane flying 1.2 million N95 face masks to Boston from China
- Heritage Foundation launches National Coronavirus Recovery Commission
07-Apr-2020 - Trump: a total of 110,000 ventilators coming over a short period of time... I don't think we'll need them, but we'll have them for the future, and we'll also be able to help other countries who are desperate for ventilators (60,000 devices would not be received until 29 June)
- CDC removes unusual guidance to doctors about drug favored by Trump
- Trump administration to keep critical medical supplies in U.S. - Pompeo
- Trump criticizes WHO, calls it 'very China centric'
- Trump: "I didn’t see them, but I heard he wrote some memos talking about pandemic. I didn’t see them. I didn’t look for them either" (about Peter Navarro memos Jan 29 and Feb 23)
- "'It's very sad': Fauci warns blacks disproportionately affected by coronavirus"
- Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States
- Tucker Carlson: "As awful as this epidemic has been and will be, at least so far, it hasn't been the disaster that we feared"
- Brit Hume: "the disease turned out not to be quite as dangerous as we thought"
08-Apr-2020 - Mnuchin says the government won’t run out of money for small businesses
- CBP to seize exports of coronavirus masks, gloves, PPE, to ensure US doesn't need them

- People of Wuhan allowed to leave after lockdown (first time since 23 January)
- Rush Limbaugh: If you disagree with Fauci, if you disagree with Birx, if you disagree with any of the so-called experts advising us to do what — you are are going to be tagged a racist
- WHO Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: "The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socio-economic consequences... It is my belief that the World Health Organization must be supported, as it is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts to win the war against COVID-19."
- White House Announces New Guidance For How Critical Employees Can Return To Work

09-Apr-2020 - Today marks 100 days since WHO was notified of the first cases of “pneumonia with unknown cause” in China
- Coronavirus: Boris Johnson out of intensive care but remains in hospital
- More Than 16 Million Americans Have Lost Their Jobs In The Past Three Weeks
- Fed to Buy Junk Bonds, Lend to States in Fresh Virus Support
10-Apr-2020 - South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again
- Obama to mayors on coronavirus: The biggest mistake leaders 'can make in these situations is to misinform'
- Yemen confirms its first case
- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas calls the US' handling of the coronavirus pandemic "too slow"
- Trump Orders U.S. Government to Help Italy in Coronavirus Fight
- Trump tweet: Democrats are blocking a 251 Billion Dollar funding boost for Small Businesses which will help them keep their employees. It should be for only that reason, with no additions. We should have a big Infrastructure Phase Four with Payroll Tax Cuts & more. Big Economic Bounceback!
- South Korea goes to the polls, coronavirus pandemic or not, including coronavirus patients
-Trump Admin Says Employers Don’t Have to Record Coronavirus Cases Among Workers (text)
11-Apr-2020 - President Trump says coronavirus death toll in US should be substantially under 100,000
- Pentagon awarding contract to boost N95 mask production capacity by 39 million
- IRS says first wave of coronavirus stimulus payments have been deposited
- Judd Deere, a White House spokesman: While the media and Democrats refused to seriously acknowledge this virus in January and February, President Trump took bold action to protect Americans and unleash the full power of the federal government to curb the spread of the virus, expand testing capacities and expedite vaccine development even when we had no true idea the level of transmission or asymptomatic spread
12-Apr-2020 - Coronavirus: Fauci says US 'could have saved lives' with earlier action
- UK pledges $250 million to WHO, other charities to help slow spread of coronavirus
13-Apr-2020 - Trump retweets call to fire Anthony Fauci after the coronavirus expert says earlier measures ‘could have saved lives’
- Trump: I have the ultimate authority (on reopening)
- Trump tweet: For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect....
- Trump tweet: ....It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!
- Trump friend Stanley Chera dies from coronavirus complications
14-Apr-2020 - Washington, Oregon, California governors create 'Western States Pact' to coordinate reopening, also East Coast New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Rhode Island
- Coronavirus: US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

- Dr. Fauci: We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet (critical testing and tracing procedures needed to begin reopening the nation’s economy)
- Freedomworks: It's Time to Reopen America

- DoD travel ban amid coronavirus pandemic extended to June 30

15-Apr-2020 - Trump and his allies have made a dark calculation — ‘reopening’ at any price is his only path to re-election
- 'We Alerted The World' To Coronavirus On Jan. 5, WHO Says In Response To U.S.
- Think This Pandemic Is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming
- New poll: Nearly half of frequent Fox viewers say COVID-19 death toll is inflated (Daily Kos/Civiqs)
- Trump: "It is clear that our aggressive strategy is working... The battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases"
16-Apr-2020 - Trump: "And I was angry, because it should have been told to us. It should have been told to us early. It should have been told to us a lot sooner. People knew it was happening and people didn’t want to talk about it. I don’t know why, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it"
- G7 virtual summit
17-Apr-2020 - Trump tweet: "LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!"
- Trump tweet: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!"
- Trump tweet: "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!"
- Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure
- Trump: "The Obama administration gave them a grant of $3.7 million. I’ve been hearing about that. We’ve instructed that if any grants are going to that area, we are looking at it literally about an hour ago and also early in the morning,” Trump said.... We will end the grant very quickly"
18-Apr-2020 - WHO: Right now, we have no evidence that the use of a serological test can show that an individual has immunity or is protected from reinfection (antibody tests)
19-Apr-2020 - Trump: "I’ve seen the people. I’ve seen interviews of the people. These are great people." (of right-wing protesters he encouraged to rally against state coronavirus restrictions)
20-Apr-2020 - Trump: I haven't left the White House in months (he held a rally 2 March)
- Trump Plans to Suspend Immigration to U.S.
- Trump tweet: "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!"
- Trump: "But we’re going toward 50 or 60,000 people. That’s at the lower — as you know, the low number was supposed to be 100,000 people. We could end up at 50 to 60. Okay?"
- Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data. The state made them stop
21-Apr-2020 - CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating (Robert Redfield)
- New U.S. Treatment Guidelines for Covid-19 Don’t See Much Progress
- Dr. Redfield: "There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through... We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time"
22-Apr-2020 - Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak (60-day ban on immigrants seeking to live and work in America permanently)
- Dr Fauci: "we will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that,"
- Trump: "It’s not going to be what we’ve gone through, in any way, shape or form. If it comes back, though, it won’t be coming back in the form that it was. It will be coming back in smaller doses that we can contain. ... You could have some embers of corona ... (but) we will not go through what we went through for the last two months."
- Vaccine Chief Says He Was Removed After Questioning Drug Trump Promoted (Dr. Rick Bright)
- Australia wants international probe into coronavirus origins, prompting backlash from China
23-Apr-2020 - Mike Pence says coronavirus pandemic will be 'largely' behind us by Memorial Day
- Trump: "So supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting... And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s — that’s pretty powerful."
Dr. Fauci: "We absolutely need to significantly ramp up, not only the number of tests but the capacity to actually perform them... I am not overly confident right now at all, that we have what it takes to do that"
- Trump: "I don't agree with him on that, no, I think we're doing a great job on testing" (re Dr. Fauci, testing)
24-Apr-2020 - 5 million masks intended for the VA were diverted to the national stockpile

- United Nations launches global drive to develop coronavirus vaccine but US and China stay away

25-Apr-2020 - Trump: "What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,"
26-Apr-2020 - Trump tweet: haven’t left the White House in many months (except to launch Hospital Ship Comfort)
-Trump called PPE shortages 'fake news.' Health care workers say they're still a real problem
27-Apr-2020 - Trump says he 'can't imagine why' there was a spike in calls to emergency hotlines in several states after he 'sarcastically' mused about injecting disinfectant to cure the coronavirus. Q: Do you yeah take any responsibility if someone were to die? Trump: No, I don’t. No, I can’t imagine — I can’t imagine that
- Trump: "So, yeah, we’ve lost a lot of people. But if you look at what original projections were — 2.2 million — we’re probably heading to 60,000, 70,000. It’s far too many. One person is too many for this"
28-Apr-2020 - Executive Order on Delegating Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19 (meat and poultry)
- Solicitor of Labor Kate O'Scannlain and OSHA principal deputy secretary Loren Sweatt: "Where a meat, pork, or poultry processing employer operating pursuant to the president's invocation of the DPA has demonstrated good faith attempts to comply with the Joint Meat Processing Guidance and is sued for alleged workplace exposures, the Department of Labor will consider a request to participate in that litigation in support of the employer's compliance program."
29-Apr-2020 - Trump says federal social distancing guidelines will be 'fading out'
- Kushner: "I think that we've achieved all the different milestones that are needed. So the government, federal government, rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. I think that's really what needs to be told."
30-Apr-2020 - Director of National Intelligence: "The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified"
- Trump: "The last administration left us nothing. We started off with bad, broken tests, and obsolete tests"
- Michigan judge sides with governor in lawsuit over coronavirus shelter-in-place order
- White House Buries CDC Report on COVID-19
??-Apr-2020 - Trump: "USDA let poultry plants put workers close together even as they got sick from coronavirus
01-May-2020 - Trump’s federal “Stay at Home” guidelines had quietly expired last night
- We’ve ensured a ventilator for every patient who needs one. The testing and the masks and all of the things, we’ve solved every problem. We solved it quickly.
-Trump touted reopening. Privately, his team sounded alarms
- Trump at Camp David
- Trump tweet: "The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal" (Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, armed protesters)
02-May-2020 - CDC forecasts about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of May, 3,000 daily deaths on June 1
- ‘It’s not a pandemic’: Boston protesters chant ‘it’s a hoax’ and ‘Make America Great Again’
03-May-2020 - Trump says he believes there will be a coronavirus vaccine ‘by the end of the year’
- Trump at a Fox News town hall at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington
- Trump: "I like the states opening. They will be opening"
- Trump: "We’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people"
- Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s former commissioner of food and drugs: "while mitigation didn't fail, I think it's fair to say that it didn't work as well as we expected. We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we're just not seeing that"
- Secretary of State Mike Pomepo: "Look, the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point"
04-May-2020 - IHME predicts more than 134,000 American deaths by early August

- Trump tweet: "Interesting? By Congress not wanting the special 5 minute testing apparatus, they are saying that they are not “essential”. In any event, we have great testing capacity, and have performed 6.5 million tests, which is more than every country in the world, combined!" (not true)

05-May-2020 - Trump visits Arizona mask factory — but does not wear mask — on trip aimed at showing revival underway despite coronavirus threat
- Trump: "Everybody traveling has been tested. Literally, they have been tested in the last hour"
- Mike Pence: "I believe we can be in a very different place in late May or early June. We’re going to start to look at the Memorial Day window to transition back to having our agencies manage our response in a more traditional manner."
- White House Council of Economic Advisers model shows deaths dropping to zero by mid May
- Treasury Department announced that it would begin distributing $4.8 billion in aid allocated for Native American tribes in the stimulus package, releasing a stalled tranche of funds that the tribes had sued Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, to obtain
- 15 Children Are Hospitalized With Mysterious Illness Possibly Tied to Covid-19
- Over 3.6 million cases and over 257,000 deaths worldwide. In the U.S., over 1.2 million confirmed cases and more than 71,000 Americans dead
- Trump dismisses new COVID-19 death forecast: 'It's time to go back to work' (134,000 deaths by August)
- Republicans Nearly Three Times More Likely Than Democrats To Refuse Coronavirus Vaccine: Poll
- Rick Bright's full whistleblower complaint
- A top Florida coronavirus researcher said she was fired as the state reopened because she refused to 'manually change data'
- Trump: "Those projections are with no mitigation. We are doing mitigation" (about yesterday's IHME prediction - not true)
06-May-2020 - Trump and some top aides question accuracy of virus death toll
- Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves tweet: How many people will die this summer, before Election Day? What proportion of the deaths will be among African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color? This is getting awfully close to genocide by default. What else do you call mass death by public policy?
- Trump: "If we did very little testing, [America] wouldn't have the most cases. So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad."
- When will it be that Americans across the country will be able to get tested every day as they go back to work?? Trump: "Very soon. I mean, really very soon."
07-May-2020 - Trump administration buries detailed CDC advice on reopening "never see the light of day" (document)
- One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus
- Trump: "Now, Germany — we’re very close to Germany. We have a very good relationship with Germany. Germany has done very good. They have a very low mortality rate like we do. We have a low mortality rate also." (not true)
08-May-2020 - The COVID Pandemic Could Lead to 75,000 Additional Deaths from Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide
- Pence's press secretary tests positive for coronavirus, Trump says (Katie Miller)
- Trump: if I didn't we would have lost two million, two and a half million, maybe more than that people, and we'll be at 100,000, 110,000, higher -- the lower level of what was projected if we did the shutdown, but still you're talking about -- I say two Yankee stadiums of people (about closing the country)
- Trump visit to Pennsylvania factory that produces PPE materials was scuttled after plant officials expressed concerns about health risks
09-May-2020 - Unmasked in Iowa: CEOs Who Came to Meet Pence in Masks Were Asked to Remove Them
10-May-2020 - Obama says US response a 'chaotic disaster'
- Up to 43m Americans could lose health insurance amid pandemic, report says
- Trump Tweet: We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA. Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls - didn’t have a clue!
11-May-2020 - Trump Tweet: .@CBS and their show, @60Minutes, are doing everything within their power, which is far less today than it was in the past, to defend China and the horrible Virus pandemic that was inflicted on the USA and the rest of the World. I guess they want to do business in China!
- Mitch McConnell: "I don’t think we have yet felt the urgency of acting immediately. That time could develop, but I don’t think it has yet" (re fifth coronavirus relief bill)
- Trump: "We have met the moment and we have prevailed"
- West Wing staff directed to wear masks at all times while working in the West Wing
12-May-2020 - Ronald Klain, ex-Ebola czar tweet: We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook.... that they ignored
And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office... that they abolished.
And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75%

- Fauci: School In The Fall? Not So Fast... (senate hearing)
13-May-2020 - 'This virus may never go away,' WHO says
- US report predicts broad risk of COVID-19 at wildfire camps
- Trump: "I was surprised by his answer, actually, because you know, it's just - to me it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools" (about Dr. Fauci's testimony)
14-May-2020 - Rick Bright's full House opening statement
- FDA probes accuracy issue with Abbott's rapid virus test (test used at WHite House can produce false negatives)
- Trump: "We have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases. They don’t want to write that. It’s common sense. So we test much more many, many times." (at Owens & Minor distribution plant, Allentown)
15-May-2020 - CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield tweet: "CDC tracks 12 different forecasting models of possible #COVID19 deaths in the US. As of May 11, all forecast an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and a cumulative total exceeding 100,000 by June 1. See national & state forecasts: "
- Coronavirus: Trump says US reopening, 'vaccine or no vaccine' (Operation Warp Speed)
- Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development
- Trump: "A key feature of our reopening plan is the largest and most ambitious testing system in the world, by far. America is now conducting close to 350,000 tests per day — an unthinkable number just a short while ago — more than anybody in the world, by far, suggesting many states now have excess testing capacity to monitor for new outbreaks. Florida, many other states have so much testing, they — the testers are waiting for people to show up. It’s great."
- Trump: "Today I want to update you on the next stage of this momentous medical initiative. It’s called Operation Warp Speed. That means big and it means fast. A massive scientific, industrial, and logistical endeavor unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project. You really could say that nobody has seen anything like we’re doing, whether it’s ventilators or testing. Nobody has seen anything like we’re doing now, within our country, since the Second World War. Incredible."
- House passes $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill dubbed HEROES Act
- Trump Administration Axes Coronavirus Research
16-May-2020 - Obama: "More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge."
- Article: "Reviving the US CDC" - The Lancet (replace Trump)
- Eric Trump: "And guess what, after November 3rd, coronavirus will magically all of the sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen" (theory: democrats push lockdown so Trump can't hold campaign rallies)
17-May-2020 - Australia wins international support for independent coronavirus inquiry
18-May-2020 - Trump Reveals He's Been Taking Hydroxychloroquine
- Full text of Trump’s letter to WHO chief
- Trump to the WHO: I'll Permanently Pull U.S. Funds From the Organization Unless...
- Memo from Trump's physician confirming hydroxochloroquine use
- China’s Xi backs WHO-led review of covid-19 outbreak (pledged $2 billion in aid) Trump declined an invitation to speak
19-May-2020 - The Lancet corrects Trump's letter to WHO and Dr. Tedros
- Trump taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine
- Member states back WHO after renewed Donald Trump attack
- CDC was finally able to publish the recommendations on reopening report with changes required by the White House, including the elimination of guidance for houses of worship.
20-May-2020 - 61.6% of reported infections and 55.0% of reported deaths as of May 3, 2020 could have been avoided if the same control measures had been implemented just one week earlier. One week earlier than most Americans began to stay in, 36,000 lives could have been saved. March 1 — two weeks earlier — roughly 54,000 lives could have been saved.
- Trump says he'd do 'nothing' differently as report shows 54,000 could still be alive. Trump: "If you take New York and New Jersey — which were very hard hit — we were very, very low. And in terms of morbidity and in terms of — if you look at the death, relatively speaking, we’re at the lowest level along with Germany. "
21-May-2020 - Trump: "I tested very positively in another sense so — this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So, I tested perfectly this morning."
- Maskless Trump Tours Michigan Ford Plant
22-May-2020 - Donald Trump orders governors to allow places of worship to reopen
- Hydroxychloroquine: Trump's Covid-19 'cure' increases deaths, global study finds but scientists question study
- Rolling to Remember Ceremony at White House
23-May-2020 - Pence: "China let the world down and the World Health Organization was their willing partner in withholding from the United States and the wider world vital information about the coronavirus that would have made it possible to stand up a national response sooner. Make no mistake about it that China will be held accountable for what the world has gone through because of their lack of transparency."
- Trump plays golfs at his Virginia golf club
24-May-2020 - FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn tweet: "With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all."
- U.S. bans travel from Brazil as coronavirus also surges in Mexico
- Trump plays golf
- Administration leaves testing responsibility to states in report to Congress
25-May-2020 - Trump Visits Baltimore, Dismissing Mayor’s Concerns About Virus
- UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing
- Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery and Fort McHenry on Memorial Day
- Biden Marks Memorial Day at Veterans Park Near Delaware Home (first in-person appearance since March)
- Murder of George Floyd. The resulting protests may lead to another wave
- WHO halts trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety fears
26-May-2020 - Trump tweet: "For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number. That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!"
- Trump tweet: "... One person lost to this invisible virus is too much, it should have been stopped at its source, China, but I acted very quickly, and made the right decisions. Many of the current political complainers thought, at the time, that I was moving far to fast, like Crazy Nancy!"
27-May-2020 - Coronavirus: From 'We've shut it down' to 100,000 US dead
- Trump to Florida for SpaceX launch - which was cancelled at last minute
28-May-2020 - UK suffers highest death rate from coronavirus
29-May-2020 - Coronavirus cases increased for meatpackers after Trump ordered them to work from 4,913 (approximately 3%) workers, and 20 deaths April 9–27 to at least 20,033
- Trump Administration Ignores CDC Scientists on COVID-19 Temperature Screenings
- Trump going ahead with pulling the US back from the World Health Organization: "China has total control over the World Health Organization... The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government... China's cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over a million lives worldwide." (consequences)
- US - China Relations: Trump Announces End Of Special Status For Hong Kong
30-May-2020 - Trump postpones G-7, plans to invite Russia, other nations
- Trump delivers remarks at Kennedy Space Center
31-May-2020 - U.S. sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, drug touted by Trump
01-Jun-2020 - Trump walks to church for photo-op
02-Jun-2020 - President Trump Signs A New Executive Order Amid Growing COVID-19 Pressures on Religious Communities Globally
- Trump visits Catholic shrine for photo-op
03-Jun-2020 - Trump says GOP forced to find new state to host convention as North Carolina stands by coronavirus measures
- Hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by Trump, failed to prevent healthy people from getting covid-19 in trial
- Boris Johnson declares himself 'very proud' of coronavirus response
04-Jun-2020 -
05-Jun-2020 -
Some time after 19-Jan-2017 - U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak. Also NSF, USAID, USDA cuts

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- The WHO reports tend to report events during the past 24 hours up to 10am.
- If you want to track human-to-human transmission, numbers, travel advice and global spread, look at the WHO situation reports.
- Links do not always use article headings - they may be shortened or refer only to one item in the article.
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Sources: Initial, main and alternative

Article: "President Trump's Golf Outings" - Sophie Germain
Article: "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged" by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller
Article: "Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded" by David E. Sanger, Eric Lipton, Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley
Article: "He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus" by Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes
Site: Tracking COVID-19 by Johns Hopkins University.
Article: "Cases in the U.S." by CDC.
Article: "U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs" by Juliet Eilperin, Jeff Stein, Desmond Butler, Tom Hamburger
Article: "News" by White House
Article: "Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown" by Edward Luce

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What New Hell Will Trump Rain Down on America Next?

Thom plus logo Trump campaigned on nostalgia for the past, with a slogan calling to make America great "again."

And, indeed, he has re-created many of the most notable moments in past American history.

He's brought back the pandemic of 1918, and the widespread death associated with it.
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