latest - earliest case - Trump takes office - 2020 - notes - sources

Focusing on China in the early days, USA and British responses, with some previous pandemics and mass death events for comparison

date event/quote
1775–1783 - Revolutionary War: 4,435 American deaths
12-Apr-1861 - American Civil War: 620,000 American deaths
28-Jul-1914 - World War I: 116,516 American deaths
??-Feb-1918 - Spanish Flu: 675,000 American deaths
01-Sep-1939 - World War II: 405,399 American deaths
06-Aug-1945 - Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: 90 - 146,000 deaths
09-Aug-1945 - Atomic bombing of Nagasaki: 39,000 – 80,000 deaths (total of both 129,000 – 226,000 deaths)
25-Jun-1950 - Korean War: 405,399 American deaths
01-Nov-1955 - Vietnam War: 58,220 American deaths
??-???-1957 - Asian flu: 116,000 American deaths

- How the U.S. Fought the 1957 Flu Pandemic
??-???-1968 - Hong Kong flu: 100,000 American deaths
22-Jun-2001 - Dark Winter war game (biological attack)
23-Jun-2001 - Dark Winter war game (biological attack)
11-Sep-2001 - 9/11: 2,977 American deaths
12-Sep-2001 - War on Terror: 7,024 American deaths
16-Nov-2002 - SARS: 774 deaths worldwide
01-Apr-2003 - China Admits Underreporting Its SARS Cases
??-???-2006 - The Pentagon held an exercise for a flu pandemic

- Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu - Committee on the Development of Reusable Facemasks for Use During an Influenza Pandemic
30-Jan-2007 - Phase 1 of UK exercise Winter Willow
16-Feb-2007 - Start of Phase 2 of UK exercise Winter Willow
??-Feb-2007 - Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States
30-Aug-2007 - UK 'Exercise Winter Willow - Lessons Identified' published
20-Jan-2009 - Barack Obama becomes president
??-Jan-2009 - H1N1 flu pandemic: 12,469 American deaths
14-Apr-2009 - First U.S. case of H1N1 confirmed (swine flu)
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) (9 days after first cases announced)
11-Jun-2009 - H1N1 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (swine flu)
23-Oct-2009 - Obama declares H1N1 emergency (swine flu)
??-???-2009 - PREDICT, a program run by the United States Agency for International Development, that is designed to identify and prevent pandemics related to animal-born viruses, is launched
??-???-2012 - MERS: 866 deaths worldwide
08-Aug-2014 - Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared for ebola
30-Sep-2014 - First ebola case idenitified in the US
24-Oct-2014 - Trump Tweet: "If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!"
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
??-???-2015 - Obama administration orders detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic (Trump received the plans but did not order any)
ll-Jul-2016 - NSC Lessons Learned Study On Ebola
04-Oct-2016 - Obama administration’s nursing home regulations aimed at improving infection control
18-Oct-2016 - UK begins 3 day "Exercise Cygnus" pandemic influenza exercise
20-Dec-2016 - How a Pandemic Might Play Out Under Trump
??-Dec-2016 NSC issues 69 page pandemic playbook: "Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents" (Trump didn't use)
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) (Documents) (Attendees)
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."
11-May-2017 - Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community : "Threats such as avian influenza and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have pandemic potential. The World Bank has estimated that a severe global influenza pandemic could cost the equivalent of 4.8 percent of global GDP, or more than $3 trillion, during the course of an outbreak"
23-May-2017 - Trump's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal - Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response $136 million cut, The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases $65 million, CDC Center for Global Health would lose $76 million
01-Jun-2017 - Personal Protective Equipment Supply Chain: Lessons Learned from Recent Public Health Emergency Responses (100 million respirators and masks that had been dispersed during the 2009 flu pandemic were never replaced)
??-Jul-2017 - Report on UK Exercise cygnus produced
??-Sep-2017 - Trump administration contracted with Applied Research Associates of Albuquerque to create a prototype of a “next-generation respirator” (reusable N95 mask) “It’s still in progress. It looks promising.”
14-Dec-2017 - CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity (also “evidence-based” and “science-based.”) (HHS denies it)
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
09-Feb-2018 - Trump signs bill that cuts $1.35 billion in funding for Prevention and Public Health Fund at the CDC
13-Feb-2018 - DNI: novel strain of a virulent microbe that is easily transmissible between humans continues to be a major threat

- Worldwide Threat Assessment Of The Us Intelligence Community: "the potential for a severe global health emergency that could lead to major economic and societal disruptions, strain governmental and international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support. A novel strain of a virulent microbe that is easily transmissible between humans continues to be a major threat"
23-Mar-2018 - Middle school simulated disease exercise
09-Apr-2018 - John Bolton replaces H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser.
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'
07-May-2018 - White House proposes cutting global health budget, including $252 million for health security preparedness in funds remaining from the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic

- Luciana Borio, NSC director of medical and biodefense preparedness: "The threat of pandemic flu is the number one health security concern. Are we ready to respond? I fear the answer is no."
08-May-2018 - Pandemic flu is #1 health security concern: WH official (Luciana Borio)

- Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer leaves, global health security team disbanded

- New Ebola outbreak hits Africa as 2 cases confirmed in Congo
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)
15-May-2018 - Two members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee write to John Bolton "to express deep concerns with several recent actions the White House has taken to downgrade the importance of global health security... We fear these recent decisions will leave the United States vulnerable to pandemics and commit us to a strategy of triage should one occur"
17-May-2018 - CDC Pandemic Conference
18-May-2018 - Sen. Sherrod Brown to Trump: "In our globalized world, where diseases are never more than a plane ride away, we must do all we can to prepare for the next, inevitable outbreak and keep Americans safe from disease. I urge you to act swiftly in reaffirming your commitment to global health security by taking immediate action to designate senior level NSC personnel to focus on global health security, supporting adequate and appropriate funding for global health security initiatives, and leading the way in preparing for the next pandemic threat."
14-Jun-2018 - The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?
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.
??-May-2018 - Global Health Security and Biodefense unit, responsible for pandemic preparedness, disbanded (headed by head Timothy Ziemer)
18-Sep-2018 - Presidential Memorandum on the Support for National Biodefense and a National Biodefense Strategy
??-Sep-2018 - HHS Secretary Alex Azar reallocates $266 million of funds from the CDC to the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

- Federal government spent millions detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic, but does not order any
29-Jan-2019 - The Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment warns: "We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support."

- Joe Biden: Trump is worst possible leader to deal with coronavirus outbreak
17-Apr-2019 - Alex Azar: "The thing that people ask what keeps you most up at night in the biodefense world, pandemic flu, of course. I think everyone in this room probably shares that concern"
??-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

- Trump administration removes Dr. Linda Quick, the medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency "If someone had been there, public health officials and governments across the world could have moved much faster"
Summer-2019 - Contract to maintain over 2100 ventilators in the federal government’s emergency supply lapses
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
??-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.

- The President’s Council of Economic Advisors: "The United States is unprepared to deliver a sufficient number of vaccine doses quickly enough to stop the rapid initial spread of a pandemic virus"

- The President’s Council of Economic Advisors: "Pandemic influenza is a low-probability but high-cost problem that should not be ignored. The current influenza vaccine manufacturing infrastructure in the U.S. is dependent on egg-based production that is too slow to produce adequate doses of vaccines for unexpected pandemic outbreaks and may impair vaccine efficacy. This could lead to tremendous, avoidable costs"

- funding for PREDICT, a program run by the United States Agency for International Development, that is designed to identify and prevent pandemics related to animal-born viruses, runs out
??-Oct-2019 - PREDICT allowed to die
24-Oct-2019 - None of these 195 countries — the U.S. included — is fully prepared for a pandemic, report says (2019 Global Health Security Index)
25-Oct-2019 - Biden tweet: "We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores."
??-Oct-2019 - Operation Contagion simulation (draft report) (Crimson Contagion)

"The current medical countermeasure supply chain and production capacity cannot meet the demands imposed by nations during a global influenza pandemic"

- Trump cuts funding for PREDICT, a program run by the United States Agency for International Development, that is designed to identify and prevent pandemics related to animal-born viruses

- Johns Hopkins 2019 Global Health Security Index: " Collectively, international preparedness is weak." (USA ranks highest)

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 (Doesn't add up?)
US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — TV report
01-Dec-2019 - Trump at golf course

- First case in China falls ill (published 24 Jan)
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)
08-Dec-2019 - Earliest symptoms in Wuhan (per WHO on 12 January 2020) - superceded by 1 Jan case.
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

- Alberta, Canada acted on stories of a virus in Wuhan and ordered a lot more PPE

- COVID-19 may have been in LA as early as last December, study suggests
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

- COVID-19 was present in northern Italy as early as 1 January.
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

- 41 admitted hospital patients in Wuhan had been identified as having laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV infection
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

- China says it briefed the US as early as 4 January
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

- Authorities say mysterious respiratory illness in China not SARS
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

- US CDC established a 2019-nCoV Incident Management Structure.
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 at Toledo Ohio rally

- National capacities review tool for a novel coronavirus
10-Jan-2020 - Chinese scientists post gene sequencing data
Li Wenliang taken ill
Public Health England (PHE) said the risk to the UK is very low and the threat to travelers to Wuhan is low

- A Berlin Biotech Company Got a Head Start on Coronavirus Tests
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 case outside China, in Thailand, 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

- Wuhan Health Commission: "So far no infection found among medical staff, no proof of human-to-human transmission." (Despite Dr. Li Wenliang having caught it)
??-Jan-2020 - By mid-January, Robert Kadlec, an Air Force officer and physician who serves as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, had instructed subordinates to draw up contingency plans for enforcing the Defense Production Act

- Third week of January, U.S. diplomats in Wuhan were being brought home on chartered planes
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 who was at Mar-a-Lago - or tried to

- 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

- Virus has spread among Chinese health workers

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). Does he trust China? "I do. I do. I have a great relationship with President Xi"

- WHO delays decision on emergency declaration

- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warns HHS Secretary Azar not to trust Chinese authorities

- Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust: "It is clear some people are being affected and are infectious while experiencing only very mild symptoms or possibly without experiencing symptoms at all (asymptomatic)"
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.
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

- WHO estimates R0 of 1.4 to 2.5
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
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!" (Some of his advisors told him otherwise)

- 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

- Second US infection, in Chicago, returned from Wuhan

- Boris Johnson skipped first COBRA meeting

- COVID_19 may be more deadly than Spanish Flu

25-Jan-2020 - Australia first 4 cases
Malaysia first 4 cases
Canada first case
U.S. announced plans to charter a jet to evacuate US citizens out of Wuhan

- Dr. Rick Bright, Director of HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), warns of a critical need to procure surgical masks
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

- China coronavirus 'spreads before symptoms show'

- Fauci: Coronavirus 'isn't something the American public need to worry about'
27-Jan-2020 - Canada's first case confirmed (from Wuhan)
Chief of staff Mulvaney holds invertention 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

- The President’s Coronavirus Task Force begins daily meetings without FDA's Stephen Hahn

- South Korea encouraged private companies to start developing testing kits
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

- Alex Azar Coronavirus Press Briefing: the HHS has been monitoring the virus since December

- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) urges a targeted travel ban on China

- National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien tells Trump, "This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency. This is going to be the roughest thing you face."

- Deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger told Trump that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with the flu pandemic of 1918.
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. He wants to impose an immediate travel ban on China. (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)

- Australian researchers grow virus in cell culture

- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) meets Trump about the virus

- Singapore screens temperature at all land, air, and sea checkpoints and stations for all passengers coming from China, plus quarantine for returning Singapore citizens and no entry for visitors coming from Mainland China.

- HHS Secretary Alex Azar told President Trump the coronavirus epidemic was under control
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. Trump calls Azar warning of the possibility of a pandemic 'alarmist'
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America
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’
- Study:
Transmission of 2019-nCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany. Fauci: "There’s no doubt after reading this paper that asymptomatic transmission is occurring... This study lays the question to rest"

31-Jan-2020 - The United Kingdom and Russia confirmed their first coronavirus infections (UK cases from abroad)
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

- Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (aliens who were in China in past 14 days, with exceptions, effective at 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on February 2, 2020)

??-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

- In early January, deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger is warned of a serious outbreak in China by an epidemiologist friend in Hong Kong

- FDA chief Stephen Hahn asks HHS if he can start contacting companies about possible shortages of personal protective equipment and other equipment. HHS tells him no. "Azar told associates such calls would alarm the industry and make the administration look unprepared."
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!

- Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer reportedly warned his employees of coronavirus more than a month before US officials started to prepare
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

- Ban on aliens who were in China in past 14 days becomes effective at 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Exemptions allow tens of thousands to enter the United States
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

- Even Without Symptoms, Wuhan Coronavirus May Spread, Experts Fear

- Senator Richard M. Burr, R-N and the rest of the Intelligence Committee are briefed by Intel. He, Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, James M. Inhofe, R-OK, Kelly Loeffler, R-GA, and David Perdue, R-GA sell stocks

- Coronavirus: China admits 'shortcomings and deficiencies'

- South Korea announces quarantine guidelines.
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

- Trump: "China is working very hard.... and I think they are doing a very professional job."

- Dr. Rick Bright, program leader at BARDA, insists that the federal government increase N95 production for healthcare workers and first responders. HHS responds that there is “no indication of supply chain shortage or of issues with masks.”

- Trump: "It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your – you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Who would ever think that, right? ... This is deadly stuff"

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

- Peter Navarro to Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney and President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien: We face a significant probability of a serious pandemic coronavirus event in the US that may extend well into 2021... I cannot stress how important it is to leave this meeting with a firm decision to immediately advance all three recommendations” (emphasis in original). Inaction at this point risks losing our Remdesivir drug supply, our N-95 production capabilities, and any head start we may have on a vaccine for next year.
10-Feb-2020 - Xi visits Wuhan. WHO experts arrive
Trump, Pence attend 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

- Deaths in China surpass toll from SARS

- Contact tracing begins in Singapore

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

- Burr receives and update briefing
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

- Burr and others sell/buy stocks
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

- Memo: U.S. Government Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Trump cancelled the meeting where he was to be briefed on it (26 Feb, after Messonnier went public)

- 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

- WHO sent team to China
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

- First case in Africa detected (Egypt)
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 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 attend 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 attend Las Vegas rally

- HHS's Dr. Robert Kadlec convened the White House coronavirus task force to discuss when to lock down

- Study: Presumed Asymptomatic Carrier Transmission of COVID-19

- Possible first case in the UK
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) (in Red Dawn email chain)
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

- WHO says outbreak isn’t a pandemic

- HHS's Dr. Kadlec gives President Trump a plan titled “Four Steps to Mitigation.”

- Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow advised investors to take advantage of one-day slumps and “buy low.” (the DOW continued falling)
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 (audio) (transcript)

- CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption' from coronavirus
Larry Kudlow: This virus won’t last forever. We have contained it We have contained this. I won’t say airtight, but it’s pretty close to airtight... I don’t think it’s going to be an economic tragedy at all
Trump leaves India

- Time to use the p-word? Coronavirus enters dangerous new phase

- National Center for Medical Intelligence raised its warning that the coronavirus would become a pandemic within 30 days from WATCHCON 2 — a probable crisis — to WATCHCON 1 — an imminent one

- Azar: "This disease, as Dr. Schuchat said, is contained"
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" (It's a lot worse)
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

- Brazil reports first case in South America

- Trump: "The Johns Hopkins, I guess — is a highly respected, great place — they did a study, comprehensive: ‘The Countries Best and Worst Prepared for an Epidemic.’ And the United States is now — we’re rated number one. We’re rated number one for being prepared." (Oct 2019 study)

- Defense Secretary Esper Warns Commanders Not to Surprise Trump on Coronavirus (DoD denies it) (Esper appears to confirm it, yet denies it)

- Trump tweet: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"

- Fauci: "So although this is the fastest we have ever gone from a sequence of a virus to a trial, it still would not be any applicable to the epidemic unless we really wait about a year to a year and a half." (vaccine)

- Trump tweet: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"
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 ... It will look and feel to the American people more like a severe flu season in terms of the interventions and approaches you will see"

- 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!"

- Johns Hopkins University: "No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.", the United States also ranked 19th in overall risk environment and vulnerability to biological threats

- Defense Department Expects Coronavirus Will 'Likely' Become Global Pandemic in 30 Days

- Trump called Azar and complained that Messonnier was scaring the stock markets. Trump threatens to fire her
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). The dangerous bet Trump and Mulvaney are placing on coronavirus
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 (He didn't say the virus itself)
Trump attends 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,"

- WHO: China has mounted “perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history”

- Dr. Carter Mecher (VA): "we have a relatively narrow window and we are flying blind" (in Red Dawn email chain)
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.

- Fauci: "There’s no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day by day basis. Right now the risk is still low, but this could change."
??-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.

- Early Feb: Mnuchin resists calls by Fauci, Matthew Pottinger for stronger action

- Joe Grogan and others worried that there weren’t enough tests to determine the rate of infection

- The coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia

- Late February: the CDC opts not to use the WHO’s Covid-19 diagnostic test, quoting a study that was soon retracted
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)

- Dr. Mecher says that the United States should have pulled all the triggers for nonpharmaceutical interventions by now
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 attends Charlotte NC rally

- FDA emergency use authorization allowing industrial masks to be sold for healthcare use

- WHO raises alert to ‘very high’

- Trump: "We’re moving aggressively to accelerate the process of developing a vaccine. … A lot of good things are happening and they’re happening very fast. I said, ‘Do me a favor, speed it up, speed it up.’ And they will — they’re working really hard and quick." Fauci: "A year to a year and a half."
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)

- Pence: "Today we will issue new guidance from the CDC that will make it clear that any American can be tested, no restrictions, subject to doctor’s orders"

- Possible first death in the UK
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" (from 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%"

- China study suggests children are as likely to be infected as adults (study)
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 - at 3M
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

- World Bank pledges US$12 billion for coronavirus response
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) (but see April 12 re test)

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

- Global Preparedness Monitoring Board calls on G7 and G20 leaders to support $8bn call to scale-up global response to COVID-19

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.

- Pence: "By the end of this week, there will be more than 4 million more tests made available in jurisdictions around the country. One million are already in place.”" (but see April 12 re test)
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). Members of the Members of the Red Dawn email chain disagree with the approach as do other experts
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.

- Professor of internal medicine James Lawler: "We are making every misstep leaders initially made in table-tops at the outset of pandemic planning in 2006 . We had systematically addressed all of these and had a plan that would work - and has worked in Hong Kong/Singapore . We have thrown 15 years of institutional learning out the window and are making decisions based on intuition. Pilots can tell you what happens when a crew makes decisions based on intuition rather than what their instruments are telling them. And we continue to push the stick forward ... "

- Admiral Brett Giroir was appointed as the nation’s “testing czar”.

- Trump: "You know, we need a little a separation until such time as this goes away. It’s going to go away. It’s going to go way."
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

- Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic

- China Spins Tale That the U.S. Army Started the Coronavirus Epidemic

- Trump says Google is building a site to help people find coronavirus tests. Google corrects him
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"

- US citizens returning from overseas say they are waiting hours for coronavirus screening at airports
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

- Trump to Governors on Ventilators: ‘Try Getting It Yourselves’
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.

- UK coronavirus death toll of 20,000 'a good outcome', says chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance (Britain and Ireland were at first excluded from the list before being added on March 17).

- First vaccine clinical trials begin in the United States

- Trump announces that the CDC will suspend entry into the United States from persons from Mexico and Canada

- ‘Go Big’ on Coronavirus Stimulus, Trump Says, Pitching Checks for Americans (asks for $1 trillion, gets 2).
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

- NHS guidance said "unless required to be in hospital, patients must not remain in an NHS bed" (so could go to a nursing home)

- The CDC says healthcare workers who can't get a mask should use a bandana or scarf as a 'last resort' as supplies run short

- Trump: "Governors are supposed to be doing a lot of this work, and they are doing a lot of this work... The Federal government is not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping. You know, we’re not a shipping clerk."

- Trump: "Now it’s turning out it’s not just old people, Bob. Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old- older.... Young people too, plenty of young people."

- Trump: "I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic."
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

- DHSS and DoD airlift 500,000 swab and sample kits for COVID-19 diagnostic tests from Copan Diagnostics, a private company in Italy
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."

- UK stringent lockdown
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?"

- Hubei eases lockdown
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

- 100 scientific organizations call to end Trump’s ban on fetal-tissue research

- UK coronavirus home testing to be made available to millions
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."

- The COVID-19 pandemic could have infected 90% of the world’s population and killed 40.6 million people if no mitigation measures had been put in place according to Imperial College London

- There are still not enough tests or PPE

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

- Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23–27, 2020 - DHHS Principal IG finds that that hospitals are facing severe shortages. Trump calls it 'Another Fake Dossier!'

- Nurses resort to wearing trash bags - one dies

- Trump signs an order telling GM to make ventilators. GM were not told, and said it did not change their plans

- Trump: "I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be... I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’"

- CIA warns its employees against taking hydroxychloroquine: "There are potentially significant side effects, including sudden cardiac death..."

- Trump: "We have done a job the likes of which nobody’s seen"

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."

- Rear Adm. John Polowczyk: Today, I, as leader of FEMA’s supply chain task force, am blind to where all the product is". It’s Bedlam in the Mask Market, as Profiteers Out-Hustle Good Samaritans
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"

- Internet confused why Trump invited My Pillow owner to public health briefing: ‘Tell me this is a prank’

- Trump announces social distancing guidelines extended to April 30

- Trump: "you know it is going away, and it will go away. And we’re going to have a great victory."
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."

- Nearly 80% of US intensive-care patients have underlying conditions

- SLO County ordered 100 ventilators weeks ago to save lives. Now shipment is delayed

- 'On our own now': U.S. strategic stockpile empty of medical supplies

- 1 million Chinese-made diagnostic tests for COVID-19 arrived in DC. They did not go through proper channels and were unusable

- Trump: "It’s going to go away, hopefully at the end of the month. And, if not, hopefully it will be soon after that."
??-Mar-2020 - White House commits about one-third of the nationional emergency stockpile of medical equipment to Kushner’s plan for drive-through testing sites. He originally promised thousands of testing sites, but managed only 78

- Early March: FDA's Dr. Steven Hahn relaxes rules regulating whether hospitals and labs can create their own tests

- Mid-March: Federal agencies start placing bulk orders for N95 masks, ventilators, etc.

- W/c 16 March: FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor says that the White House did not invite him to join the joint Coronavirus Task Force until now

- End March: Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March as economy collapsed
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

- COP26 postponed

- CDC test one of the best when it came to detecting low levels of the virus in samples
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

- UK: "negative [coronavirus] tests are not required prior to transfers/admissions into the care home" (so could go to a nursing home)

- As virus takes hold, resistance to stay-at-home orders remains widespread — exposing political and social rifts (A Blanket National Quarantine Is Likely Not Legal)

- Trump tweets: "Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government. Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them. The complainers should..." "....have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit. Other states are thrilled with the job we have done. Sending many Ventilators today, with thousands being built. 51 large cargo planes coming in with medical supplies. Prefer sending directly to hospitals."

- Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding the Purchase of Ventilators

- 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
03-Apr-2020 - Trump: nobody could ever have assumed that something like this happened
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."

- Trump: "The original test — the ones we inherited, Jim, as an example, they were — they were broken. They were obsolete. They were not good tests. And that’s what we got stuck with. We’ve developed some incredible tests. " (not true as the virus did not exist then)

- Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’

- New England Patriots team plane with 1.2 million N95 masks arrives from China to help ease shortages

- Feds Take All Of County’s 35,000 Mask Order Targeted For Health Care Workers

- Professor Jonathan Van Tam : "'We do not recommend face masks for general wearing'"

- Fox host Laura Ingraham paid Trump a visit in the Oval Office to talk up hydroxychloroquine
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

- Federal Government Outbids Kentucky For Medical Equipment Amid Shortage
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

- Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine
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

- COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States
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: "The WHO... receives vast amounts of money from the United States. … They’ve been wrong about a lot of things. And they had a lot of information early and ...they seem to be very China-centric. And we have to look into that... because they ... called it wrong... They really — they missed the call. They could have called it months earlier. They would have known, and they should have known. And they probably did know, so we’ll be looking into that very carefully. And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it, and we’re going to see. It’s a great thing if it works, but when they call every shot wrong, that’s no good."

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

- The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate

- 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"

- UK Tracking-app data suggest loss of smell is a key COVID-19 symptom

- Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word

- Trump removes IG Glenn Fine from the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (he was appointed by Clinton)

- Trump tweet: "Why didn’t the I.G., who spent 8 years with the Obama Administration (Did she Report on the failed H1N1 Swine Flu debacle where 17,000 people died?), want to talk to the Admirals, Generals, V.P. & others in charge, before doing her report. Another Fake Dossier!" (HHS's Christi Grimm's report)

- Trump: " Which I’m right about. It did go — it will go away.... Well, the cases really didn’t build up for a while. But you have to understand, I’m a cheerleader for this country. I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else, but ultimately, when I was saying that, I’m also closing it down. I obviously was concerned about it because I closed down our country to China, which was heavily infected." (about having said it was going to go away within a couple of days)
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."

- WHO Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: "The goal of all countries should be to save their people. Don’t politicize this virus... No need to use COVID to score political points. You have many other ways to prove yourselves"

- White House Announces New Guidance For How Critical Employees Can Return To Work

- One of Jared Kushner’s coronavirus response group volunteers files a complaint that it is falling short. Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response

- ‘Just madness’: Governors mull consortium to end chaos over medical supplies. In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment

- AG Bill Barr: Media On A "Jihad" To Discredit Trump And Hydroxychloroquine

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

- UK launches massive coronavirus diagnostic network

- U.S. federal stockpile of medical protective gear is almost empty as coronavirus spreads

- U.N. Security Council meets over coronavirus as it struggles to act
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)

- It's a full year without a Senate-confirmed secretary of homeland security, not even a nominee

- Trump: "Now one of the biggest problems the world has is the germ has gotten so brilliant that the antibiotic can’t keep up with it." (Antibiotics cannot kill viruses)

- President Trump says coronavirus death toll in US should be substantially under 100,000

- Trump Tweet: "The Invisible Enemy will soon be in full retreat!"
11-Apr-2020 - 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

- Trump leaves trail of unmet promises in coronavirus response

- Trump administration has many task forces — but still no plan for beating covid-19

- Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda Has 'Exacerbated' COVID-19 Pandemic, report: "Weakening Our Defenses"
12-Apr-2020 - Coronavirus: Fauci says US 'could have saved lives' with earlier action

- Fauci: "As soon as it became clear that there was community spread, which means that it isn't just a travel-related case, that there are cases that are in the community under the radar screen, then it became clear that we were in real trouble"

- UK pledges $250 million to WHO, other charities to help slow spread of coronavirus

- White House still has no road map for restarting the economy

- White House spokesman Judd Deere: "[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 when we had no true idea the level of transmission or asymptomatic spread. The President remains completely focused on the health and safety of the American people and it is because of his bold leadership that we will emerge from this challenge healthy, stronger, and with a prosperous and growing economy"

- CDC still warns that it may “be difficult to find a place to get tested.”

- FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn says the U.S. has done more than 2 million tests, and needs to do more and there are testing shortages

- Fauci: "Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously no one is going to deny that... If we had, right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been different. But there was a lot of push back for shutting everything down back then."
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

- A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled

- States still baffled over how to get coronavirus supplies from Trump

- Governors Announce 6-State Working Group To Plan Post-COVID-19 Reopening (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island)

- California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact (Western States Pact)

- Trump: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s the way it’s gonna be" (over governors on lockdowns) (false)

- Trump: "Everything we did was right"

- Trump: "[the coronavirus] is a killer if it gets you. If you’re the wrong person, you don’t have a chance... So this rips you apart... It is the plague."
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
US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump.

Trump Administration Officials Warned Against Halting Funding to WHO, Leaked Memo Shows
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

- Justice Department defends Mississippi drive-in church service: "The United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of its citizens’ fundamental right to the free exercise of religion, expressly protected by the First Amendment. … There is no pandemic exception … to the fundamental liberties the Constitution safeguards. … The facts alleged in the complaint strongly suggest that the city’s actions target religious conduct. If proven, these facts establish a free exercise violation unless the city demonstrates that its actions are neutral and apply generally to nonreligious and religious institutions or satisfies the demanding strict scrutiny standard."

- 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"

- UK: all those being discharged from hospital will be tested (including to a nursing home)

- Infections pass two million

- White House snubs Azar, installs Trump loyalist Michael Caputo as HHS spokesperson
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

- President Trump announces his Guidelines for Opening Up American Again.
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"

- Director of U.S. agency key to vaccine development leaves role suddenly amid coronavirus pandemic (Rick Bright, BARDA)

- the Rockefeller Foundation released a detailed testing plan

- Anti-malarial drug Trump touted is linked to higher rates of death in VA coronavirus patients, study says
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."

- Trump’s Suggestion That Disinfectants Could Be Used to Treat Coronavirus Prompts Aggressive Pushback

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)

- Dr. Rick Bright released a statement blaming political motives for his abrupt reassignment

- Trump’s Temporary Halt to Immigration Is Part of Broader Plan, Stephen Miller Says

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

- Trump cuts U.S. research on bat-human virus transmission over China ties

- Fauci: Why was it canceled? It was canceled because the NIH was told to cancel it

- Trump says he was being sarcastic about injecting disinfectant. Fact checkers disagree.

- In National Survey of Frontline Nurses, 92 percent Say Federal Government Is Not Doing Enough to Protect Healthcare Staff; 82 Percent Say They Do Not Have Enough Protective Equipment

- FDA warns about hydroxychloroquine dangers, citing serious heart issues, including death

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"

- Bill Barr: "Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights": "be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens."

- "Trump announces a testing plan which bears no resemblance to that produced by Jared Kushber's team, leaving it up to states"

- Trump: "We want to get our country open, and the testing is not going to be a problem at all. In fact, it’s going to be one of the greatest assets that we have"
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."

- Joint Statement from DHS and VA on Continued Collaboration Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic (FEMA denies seizing supplies intended for VA)

- Trump: "I think what happens is it's going to go away."
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."

- Kushner: "I think you’ll see by June that a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again"

- Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine

- Trump: "It’s going to go. It’s going to leave. It’s going to be gone. It’s going to be eradicated"

- BEA: An In-Depth Look at COVID-19’s Early Effects on Consumer Spending and GDP

- ‘It’s gonna leave’: Trump answers question how COVID-19 will disappear without a vaccine by saying it just will
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

- Early April: FEMA: "FEMA and Customs Border Patrol (CBP) are working together to prevent fraud when PPE and medical supplies enter the United States from overseas. PPE being distributed internally within the United States is not being seized or re-routed by FEMA. Reports of FEMA seizing or re-routing supplies are FALSE"

- Early April: Jared Kushner's testing plan failed to materialise. allegedly because only blue states were being affected
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)

- Trump replaces HHS watchdog who found ‘severe shortages’ at hospitals combating coronavirus (Christi A. Grimm's report)

-- Trump Seeks to Pin Virus Blame on China, Yet Reprisal Is Uncertain
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)

- World Leaders Pledge $8 Billion To Fight COVID-19; U.S. Skips Meeting

- Plandemic released (anti-Fauci conspiracies)
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)

- Trump: ‘We Have The Best Testing In The World . . . I Don’t Think You Need That Much Testing’
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

- 'This is going to go away without a vaccine': Donald Trump

- Even if a successful coronavirus vaccine is developed, billions could struggle to access it because of a global shortage of glass vials

- Trump: "I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests. This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again"
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)

- IHME predicts around 147,040 American deaths by early August
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)

- WHO warns it could take up to 5 years before the coronavirus pandemic is under control
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

- Trump: "It’ll go away at some point, it’ll go away. It may flare up and it may not flare up, we’ll have to see what happens, but if it does flare up we’re going to put out the fire and we’ll put it out quickly and efficiently"
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...

- Trump taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine

- 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
- 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.

- Trump: "If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape. They were very old, almost dead... It was a Trump enemy statement" (an unpublished study that used Veterans Affairs data and found no benefit to using hydroxychloroquine)

- Trump calls high number of coronavirus cases in the USA a 'badge of honor,' attributes it to testing
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

- RETRACTED: Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis
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

- Trump on Twitter mocks Biden for wearing a mask in public
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 - Authors retract major COVID-19 paper on effects of hydroxychloroquine (because independent peer reviewers could not access the data used for the analysis and the data was questioned)

- Blood type might influence COVID-19 risk

- UMass forecasters expect COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. to reach 127,000 by June 27

- Select Subcommittee Hearing on the Coronavirus Crisis and Racial Health Disparities
05-Jun-2020 - WHO advises public to wear face masks when unable to distance

- Letter: Using Tear Gas On Protesters May Worsen Coronavirus Spread

- Coronavirus: Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine 'does not save lives' (statement)

- As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash

- Trump says U.S. has 2 million coronavirus vaccine doses 'ready to go'

- Surfaces could pose only a modest risk for household spread
06-Jun-2020 -
07-Jun-2020 - UK daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level

- Rick Scott: "We have got to get this vaccine done. Unfortunately we have evidence that communist China is trying to sabotage us or slow it down" (video)
08-Jun-2020 - Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare,’ WHO says

- Lockdowns are a powerful tool against the pandemic

- It's official: U.S. economy entered recession in February

- New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

- Coronavirus came to UK 'on at least 1,300 separate occasions' (mostly from Europe)
09-Jun-2020 - WHO Walks Back Statement on Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus
10-Jun-2020 - Enforcing UK lockdown one week earlier 'could have saved 20,000 lives'

- U.S. coronavirus cases now over 2 million: Reuters tally

- EU says China behind 'huge wave' of Covid-19 disinformation
11-Jun-2020 - Trump campaign asks supporters to waive COVID-19 liability to attend Tulsa rally

- India lifts export ban on Trump-touted drug hydroxychloroquine
- OSDH : "Oklahoma has begun experiencing over the past two weeks an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19... The threat of COVID still exists and we anticipate it to grow."
12-Jun-2020 - CDC predicts 130,000 US coronavirus deaths by July 4, with more new cases as states reopen
13-Jun-2020 - US COVID-19 Survivor Receives $1.1 Mn Hospital Bill

- AstraZeneca agrees to supply Europe with 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
14-Jun-2020 - Lancet editor attacks UK government for 'catastrophic' handling of Covid-19 pandemic
15-Jun-2020 - FDA Pulls Authorization of Trump-Touted Drugs for Virus (Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine)

- Economic fallout from a pandemic hitting UK was never modelled, senior civil servants admit

- Trump: "If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any"

- Trump tweet: "Our testing is so much bigger and more advanced than any other country (we have done a great job on this!) that it shows more cases. Without testing, or weak testing, we would be showing almost no cases. Testing is a double edged sword - Makes us look bad, but good to have!!!"

- Mike Pence: "Oklahoma has really been in the forefront of our efforts to slow the spread. And in a very real sense, they’ve flattened the curve. ... The number of cases in Oklahoma — it’s declined precipitously" (not true)
16-Jun-2020 - Dexamethasone is first life-saving coronavirus drug

- Trump: "I always say, even without it, it goes away. But if we had the vaccine — and we will — if we had therapeutic, or cure — one thing sort of blends into the other — it will be a fantastic day. And I think that’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen very soon."
17-Jun-2020 - Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

- Trump: "We’re very close to a vaccine and we’re very close to therapeutics, really good therapeutics. But even without that, I don’t even like to talk about that, because it’s fading away, it’s going to fade away, but having a vaccine would be really nice and that’s going to happen"

- Trump: "Very few people are coming through on our border. We have a tremendous border. Tijuana is one of the most infected places on Earth and we have a wall between there and San Diego. It's like a beautiful and very powerful wall and California is very happy that they have it because they would numbers like you wouldn't believe right now."
18-Jun-2020 - UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model
19-Jun-2020 - Three meat factories in England and Wales close over coronavirus

- UK's Covid-19 alert level is lowered from 4 to 3

- Office for National Statistics (ONS) (UK) tweet thread: "Using #COVID19 death registrations from 2 March to 15 May 2020 and 2011 Census records, we’ve shown that some ethnic groups have a higher mortality rate involving COVID-19 compared with the White ethnic group"
20-Jun-2020 - NIH Halts Hydroxychloroquine Study

- 6 Trump campaign staffers test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tulsa rally

- Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally

- Trump holds rally in Tulsa (Herman Cain attends, catches COVID and dies)

- Trump: "It has more names than any disease in history. I can name kung flu. I can name 19 different versions of names"

- Trump: "When you do testing to that extent, you are gonna find more people, you’re gonna find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down please. They test and they test. We have tests that people don’t know what’s going on." (White House says he was joking, he says not)
21-Jun-2020 - Trump administration sitting on more than $14 billion Congress allocated to boost testing and tracing capacity
22-Jun-2020 -
23-Jun-2020 - US urged to prepare for 'tremendous burden' of Covid-19 and flu at same time

- 'I don't kid': Trump says he wasn't joking about telling officials to slow down COVID-19 testing

- Fauci: Trump Never Directed Testing Slowdown — ‘We’ll Be Doing More Testing, Not Less’

- Trump: "Nobody has cut regulation like we’ve cut regulation. Not even close. And it’s one of the reasons we did so well before the plague and we’re doing so well after the plague. It’s going away."

- Feds About To Bail On Supporting COVID Testing Sites In Texas And Other States (ends June 30)

- Trump holds rally in Phoenix, AZ
24-Jun-2020 - US Sets New Daily Cases Total in COVID-19 Resurgence

- Trump administration to end funding for 13 drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites

- 'Grave concerns': COVID-19's surge in Sunbelt states shows the virus, not testing, to blame
25-Jun-2020 - Trump tweet: "The number of ChinaVirus cases goes up, because of GREAT TESTING, while the number of deaths (mortality rate), goes way down. The Fake News doesn’t like telling you that!"

- As virus cases rise, Trump urges Supreme Court to overturn ACA

- Donald Trump WON'T quarantine for 14 days when he goes to his New Jersey golf club this weekend after trip to Arizona because 'he isn't a civilian' White House says
26-Jun-2020 - The US reported more than 40,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time

- Fauci Warns Of 'Serious Problem' As Texas, Florida Halt Reopening

- Trump Tweet: "I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped..."

- Pence: We're in a much stronger place. The truth is we did slow the spread, we flattened the curve
27-Jun-2020 - Trump plays golf in Virginia
28-Jun-2020 - World hits over 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths

- Trump plays golf with Lyndsey Graham in Virginia
29-Jun-2020 - Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China (carried by pigs, G4 EA H1N1)

- "Not even close to being over": WHO chief says pandemic is "speeding up" despite some progress

- Remdesivir: Gilead reveals price tag for Covid-19 drug

- CDC expert says US has 'way too much virus' to contain as other countries have: "We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control"

- Herman Cain tests positive after attending Trump Tulsa rally
30-Jun-2020 - EU to allow in visitors from 15 'safe' countries (not U.S.)

- Mitch Smith: "we’ve tied more cases to a single restaurant in East Lansing, Mich., in the last week than we have to every protest in the country.”"

- Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 new cases a day... Clearly we are not in total control

- Fauci: "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around."
01-Jul-2020 - Herman Cain hospitalized after attending Trump Tulsa rally

- Trump claims 'all for masks,' even for himself, despite never wearing one in public

- Trump: "I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope... I think we're going to have a vaccine very soon too"

- New coronavirus cases rose above 50,000 — a single day record
02-Jul-2020 - Fauci: "What we've seen over the last several days is a spike in cases that is way beyond the worst spikes that we have seen. We've got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States."

- US reports world's biggest daily increase in cases with 55,000

- CDC director: Keeping schools closed poses greater health threat to children than reopening (Robert Redfield)
03-Jul-2020 - France's ex-PM faces probe into Covid-19 response

- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams: "Every single person has to make up their own mind... I would say to people is if you do go out to a gathering or in public, please wear a face covering"

- "Mount Rushmore: Trump to host 4 July event despite virus concerns"
04-Jul-2020 - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows: "he’s put forth unbelievable resources to make sure that we address the Covid-19 virus. I’m confident that we’ll have a vaccine by this fall"

- Trump: "We were doing better than any country had done in history ... and then we got hit with this terrible plague from China and now we’re getting closer to fighting our way out of it"

- Trump: "Now we have tested almost 40m people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless" (false)
05-Jul-2020 - FDA head rejects Trump’s false claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are ‘harmless’: ‘This is a serious problem'
06-Jul-2020 - Fauci: "The average age of people getting infected now is a decade and a half younger than it was a few months ago particularly when New York and New Orleans and Chicago were getting hit very badly"

- the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that visas would not be issued to students enrolled in schools that are fully online this fall

- It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19
07-Jul-2020 - Trump Health Secretary Says US Healthcare Workers 'Don't Get Infected' With Covid-19 (94,000 Have Contracted the Virus) (Alex Azar)

- Trump Announces Formal Withdrawal From WHO as Covid-19 Cases Climb (effective July 6, 2021)

- The WHO Says Airborne Coronavirus Transmission Isn't a Big Risk. Scientists Are Pushing Back
08-Jul-2020 - Trump threatens to 'cut off funding' for schools that don't reopen amid pandemic
09-Jul-2020 - Fauci: "As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not."

- Fauci: "AI think we can get it under control. But keeping it under control is going to be the real problem. Because this virus is not like other viruses that we’ve experienced, like the original SARS from 2002. That was a coronavirus. It caused an outbreak, a pandemic — there were 8,000 cases and 800 deaths. So in magnitude alone, you see how different it is from what we’re doing now. But it was not really very well and efficiently transmissible, whereas this virus, to our dismay, is spectacularly efficient in transmitting from person to person. So that makes me skeptical whether we would get permanent, sustained control of this without having a vaccine."

- Trump: "Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes"

- Fauci: "What worries me is the slope of the curve. It still looks like it’s exponential."

- Fauci: "You have a random virus jump species from an animal to a human that is spectacularly efficient in spreading from human to human, and has a high degree, relatively speaking, of morbidity and mortality. We are living in the perfect storm right now."

- After Push From Experts, World Health Organization Says It's Possible COVID-19 Spreads by Air
10-Jul-2020 - Health expert Zeke Emanuel says 250,000 Americans could die of COVID by end of year

- Fauci says he hasn't briefed Trump in at least two months

- US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

- WHO's Ryan says eradication of new coronavirus is unlikely

- UK plan to shun EU vaccine scheme ‘unforgivable’, say critics

- Trump Administration To Hospitals: Don’t Send Covid-19 Coronavirus Data To CDC (effective Jul 15)
11-Jul-2020 - Trump golf at Sterling, Virginia

- Donald Trump wears mask in public for first time during Covid-19 pandemic

- Trump delays Saturday rally in New Hampshire because of non-forecast 'big storm'
12-Jul-2020 - Trump golf at Sterling, Virginia

- White House seeks to discredit Fauci as coronavirus surges
13-Jul-2020 - WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future... There are no short cuts out of this pandemic."

- WHO warns that coronavirus crisis may get 'worse and worse and worse'

- Fauci sidelined as Trump's White House steps up briefing campaign

- Trump aides seek to discredit Fauci over coronavirus crisis as cases surge

- Coronavirus: France's health workers given pay rises worth €8bn

- Trump retweets Chuck Woolery: "There is so much evidence, yes scientific evidence, that schools should open this fall. It's worldwide and it's overwhelming. BUT NO."

- Trump retweets Chuck Woolery: "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most ,that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I'm sick of it."
14-Jul-2020 - Trump administration's delayed use of 1950s law leads to critical supplies shortages

- COVID-19 could be controlled in 1-2 months if people wear masks: CDC Director Robert Redfield

- UK experts fear up to 120,000 Covid-19 deaths this winter
15-Jul-2020 - Trump Administration To Hospitals: Don’t Send Covid-19 Coronavirus Data To CDC (announced on July 10, it caused chaos)

- Trump administration recommends the National Guard as an option to help hospitals report coronavirus data

- Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on: Peter Navarro

- Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ White House Behavior Only Hurts the President

- Oxford vaccine ‘could give double protection against Covid-19’
16-Jul-2020 - White House press secretary: 'The science should not stand in the way of' schools fully reopening (Kayleigh McEnany)

- CDC says importation and community transmission of Sars-CoV-2 had already occurred in NYC by the time the European restrictions were implemented

- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "More and more studies show that kids are actually stoppers of the disease and they don’t get it and transmit it themselves, so we should be in a posture of — the default should be getting back to school kids in person, in the classroom." (not true)
17-Jul-2020 - Boris Johnson unveils plan to return England 'to normality' by Christmas
18-Jul-2020 - Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill
19-Jul-2020 - Trump Minimizes Spike in Virus Cases, Calls Fauci ‘Alarmist’

- Record China flooding impacts PPE supply chain to US (Wuhan)

- Trump: "I'll be right eventually. I will be right eventually. You know I said, "It's going to disappear." I'll say it again." (Chris Wallace Interview)
20-Jul-2020 - Coronavirus: Protein treatment trial 'a breakthrough' (interferon beta by Synairgen)

- Coronavirus hospital data goes live on new HHS system
21-Jul-2020 - Trump: "It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better... We're asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they'll have an effect and we need everything we can get" (at first COVID-19 briefing in weeks) (with lies)- Fauci was not invited

- Wellcome Trust director Prof Sir Jeremy Farrar: "Things will not be done by Christmas. This infection is not going away, it's now a human endemic infection. Even, actually, if we have a vaccine or very good treatments, humanity will still be living with this virus for very many, many years.... decades to come"

- CDC: U.S. COVID-19 case count 6 to 24 times higher than reported

- Coronavirus mass testing had to be ‘abandoned due to lack of capacity’, Chris Whitty says

- Staring down defeat, Trump attempts a coronavirus reset

- Trump: "Well, the virus will disappear. It will disappear."
22-Jul-2020 - The U.S. announces a nearly $2 billion contract for 600 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

- Study: Steroids cut death risk by 75% for COVID-19 patients with severe inflammation

- Trump: "They do say that they [children] don’t transmit very easily, and a lot of people are saying they don’t transmit... They don’t bring it home with them. They don’t catch it easily; they don’t bring it home easily."(not true)

- Trump (about testing): "If, instead of 50, we did 25, we would have half the number of cases. So, I personally think it's overrated."

- Trump: "I say it's going to disappear. They say, oh, that's terrible. I said, well, it's true. I mean, it's going to disappear" (person, woman, man, camera, TV interview)
23-Jul-2020 - Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

- New study shows limitations, risks of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19
24-Jul-2020 - US coronavirus: Covid-19 vaccine likely won't be 'widely available' until several months into 2021, Fauci says
25-Jul-2020 - Florida passes New York as US state with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases

- Trump plays golf at Bedminster
26-Jul-2020 - US ‘failures’ are holding back search for coronavirus drugs

- Britain wins rare praise for leading race to test life-saving Covid drugs
27-Jul-2020 - Human trial for coronavirus vaccine launched by Moderna enters Phase 3

- Fauci: "It’s certainly conceivable that if we have a real blast or rash of infection in those sites in which we do have active enrollment, then we might get an answer earlier than November. I doubt that but we are leaving open that it is a possibility... Likely November, but it is possible it could be earlier." (of vaccine stage 3 trial)

- Trump retweeted a tweet that said "Dr. Lee Vliet: Dr. Fauci has misled the American public on many issues, but in particular, on dismissing #hydroxychloroquine and calling Remdesivir the new gold standard"
28-Jul-2020 - Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation amid coronavirus pandemic

- Kodak’s stock triples as company announces pandemic plan to start making pharmaceutical ingredients

- Russian Intelligence Agencies Push Disinformation on Pandemic

- Trump: " You can look at large portions of our country, it's -- it's corona-free... and I think you'll see it rapidly head down very soon."

- Trump doubles down on defense of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

- Fauci responds to Trump tweet: 'I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances'

- ‘Nobody Likes Me,’ Trump Complains, Renewing Defense of Dubious Science

- Trump: "They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague" (Jonathan Swan interview)

- Trump: "You know there are those that say you can test too much" (Jonathan Swan interview)

- Trump: "Logistically, we’re using our military, our great military — a group of people; their whole life is based around logistics and bringing things to and from locations — and they’ll be able to take care of this locationally and bringing it where it has to go very, very quickly. They’re all mobilized. It’s been fully set up.

A very, very talented general is in charge. And when we have that vaccine, it will be discharged and taken care of. It’ll be a very — a very rapid process all over the country.

" (Jonathan Swan interview) (Not only does the military not have a plan for distributing vaccines, they haven’t even been asked to come up with such a plan.)
29-Jul-2020 - Trump dismisses virus aid for cities, lashes out at GOP

- Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine 'Is Not Effective' In Treating COVID-19

- Study: 65% of early COVID-19 cases globally linked to Italy, China, Iran travel

- Dr. Fauci: Wear goggles or eye shields to prevent spread of COVID-19; flu vaccine a must

- FDA could authorize COVID-19 treatment with convalescent plasma as early as next week: WSJ

- Association of American Medical Colleges: "We need a covid-19 reset. So we developed a comprehensive plan to do just that."

- Fed officials expect that the coronavirus will 'weigh heavily' on the economy, minutes show
30-Jul-2020 - UK: Virus isolation period extended from seven to 10 days

- Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: "Unlike many countries in the world, the United States is not currently on course to get control of this epidemic. It’s time to reset"

- Trump tweet: "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

- Herman Cain dies after attending Trump Tulsa rally without a mask

- Trump calls on Covid-19 survivors to donate blood plasma

- UK scientists to immunize hundreds with coronavirus vaccine

- Trump: "Young people are almost immune to this disease"

- WHO Director-General: "Although older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too... We have said it before and we’ll say it again, young people are not invincible."

- Trump Admin Sidelines CDC To Give Pentagon ‘Unprecedented’ Role In Vaccine Distribution
31-Jul-2020 - Trump planning for U.S. rollout of coronavirus vaccine falling short, officials warn

- Asked why the US coronavirus outbreak is so much worse than it has been in Europe, Dr. Fauci explains that state shutdown orders didn't go far enough and were rescinded too soon

- CDC director says his agency was not involved in decision to divert COVID-19 hospital data to HHS

- U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus hearing on testing: At Hearing, White House Task Force Members Confirm Failed U.S. Response Made Coronavirus Crisis Worse (video)

- U.S. pledges $2.1 billion for up to 600 million doses of Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline vaccine. Trump's Vaccine Chief Picks His Own Former Employer—Where He Still Holds Millions Worth of Stock—for $2.1 Billion Deal

- Diverting COVID-19 Information from the CDC to DHHS: Another Strike Against Science - A Statement from Past and Present CDC HICPAC Members (hospitals "scambling")
01-Aug-2020 - Shielding ends for two million in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

- Donald Trump claims Anthony Fauci 'wrong' about cause of Covid-19 surge
02-Aug-2020 - Birx Warns ‘Extraordinarily Widespread’ Pandemic Has Entered ‘New Phase’ in U.S.

- Trump: "An encouraging sign, very encouraging, I have to add, that the virus is receding"
03-Aug-2020 - WHO chief: There may never be 'silver bullet' for coronavirus

- Judge voids Trump administration restrictions on coronavirus sick leave

- Trump blasts Birx after she warns coronavirus pandemic is 'extraordinarily widespread'

- Sewage testing for Covid-19 begins in England

- U.S. needs to get daily cases down to 10,000 before fall, Fauci says

- Trump: "They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us." (filmed July 28)

- Trump: "We have tested more people than any other country, than all of Europe put together times two. We have tested more people than anybody ever thought of" (filmed July 28)

- Trump: "And there are those that say you can test too much." (filmed July 28)

- Trump: "Jonathan, we didn’t even have a test. When I took over, we didn’t even have a test." (filmed July 28)

- Jonathan Swan: "Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad, much worse than South Korea, Germany, et cetera." Trump: "You can’t do that." (filmed July 28)
04-Aug-2020 - China's ambassador to US slams Trump for COVID-19 blame

- Public Citizen, Scientists: Gilead and Federal Scientists Have Neglected a Potentially Promising COVID-19 Antiviral Drug

- Sean Hannity: And I think we're over this, you know, sometime in the fall, my guess. I feel pretty certain, very optimistic, about that.
05-Aug-2020 - CDC expects 2020 outbreak of life-threatening AFM in children
U.S. to pay $1 billion for 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine candidate

- Trump says schools should reopen because children are 'virtually immune'

- Trump: "My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open."

- Facebook, Twitter Delete Trump Post Claiming Kids Are ‘Virtually Immune’ From COVID-19

- Trump Says Surging Virus 'Will Go Away Like Things Go Away'

- Trump: "It's going away. It'll go away, things go away, absolutely -- no question in my mind it will go away. Hopefully sooner rather than later."
06-Aug-2020 - World Health Organization asks the U.S. to reconsider withdrawing from international group

- Trump says it’s possible U.S. could have coronavirus vaccine before 2020 election

- WHO says the late-stage coronavirus trials don’t mean a vaccine is ‘nearly there’

- Fauci: "We may need to go through a season of it and then by next season, if we have a vaccine, it won't be a pandemic, it won't be immobilizing the world, it won't be destroying the economy"

- Model projects nearly 300,000 Americans could die from Covid-19 by December

- Fauci: We can get case levels down by Election Day

- Two Decades of Pandemic War Games Failed to Account for Donald Trump

- Executive Order on Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States. President Donald J. Trump is Ensuring that Essential Medical Supplies are Produced in the United States
07-Aug-2020 - Trump at Bedminster golf course

- Trump: "If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage I will act under my authority as President to get Americans the relief they need"

- Foreign Policy Magazine’s Covid-19 Global Response Index ranks the US among the six worst-performing countries in the world, along with Turkey, Iran, Mexico and Indonesia.
08-Aug-2020 - Trump at Bedminster golf course

- Trump signs executive actions on coronavirus economic relief

- Doctor: Biker rally a potential 'super spreader' event (Sturgis)
09-Aug-2020 - Trump at Bedminster golf course

- United States surpasses 5 million positive COVID-19 cases
10-Aug-2020 - Trump hoping for a vaccine by Election Day — but doctors say that’s impossible

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that they believe President Trump’s executive actions on coronavirus relief are “unworkable.”

- Grief from Covid-19 death: Toll on bereaved family members runs deep, study says
11-Aug-2020 - Putin hails new Sputnik moment as Russia is first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine (Fauci says he has serious doubts it is safe, effective)

- Trump tries to make the case the US is doing better than Europe

- Trump calls on colleges to allow football because student athletes will "be able to fight it off"

- NIH chief says politically motivated approval of coronavirus vaccine 'cannot happen'

- Trump: "My administration also stands ready to deploy CDC teams to support schools that are opening and schools that need help in safety and in order to safely reopen" (It was news to the CDC)

- President Donald J. Trump Is Using Every Available Resource to Deliver a Safe and Effective Vaccine to the American People
12-Aug-2020 - New White House recommendations encourages mask use in schools, but doesn't require it

- Trump says the government is sending 125 million coronavirus masks to schools across the U.S.

- While our economy is performing significantly better than Europe, which people have to understand very strongly, it's performing better than any market anywhere in the world, actually. At the same time, Europe is experiencing 40% higher excess mortality than the United States,” Trump said during his opening remarks. “And I will say that that a significant number.

- Facebook Will Now Tell You Where That Viral Covid-19 Story Came From

- CDC director warns America is in for the ‘worst fall…we’ve ever had’

- U.S. was ‘unprepared’ for ‘greatest public health crisis’ in a century, CDC director says
13-Aug-2020 - CDC study sheds new light on mental health crisis linked to coronavirus pandemic

- Fauci: "If you're really shut down, children may not get their vaccinations. People don't go to hospitals when they get chest pain... There's a lot of different things that could go wrong, beyond the economy... There's projections that if you stay shut down, the number of deaths unrelated to Covid will go up... The number of suicides, overdoses, family issues, such as child abuse and things like that, they all go up."

- Trump coronavirus adviser claims “young people are not at serious risk” from coronavirus (Dr. Scott Atlas)

- CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects nearly 189,00 US coronavirus deaths by September 5

- Fauci: "We're starting to see more and more people who apparently recover from the actual viral part of it, and then weeks later, they feel weak, they feel tired, they feel sluggish, they feel short of breath. It's a chronic projection forward of symptoms, even though the virus is gone, and we think that's probably an immunological effect... It's very disturbing, because if this is true for a lot of people, then just recovering from this may not be OK."

- Don't expect to have a vaccine by October, NIH director says

- US is doing the "appropriate amount of testing" to reduce Covid-19 spread, HHS official says

- Senate will adjourn Thursday despite no deal on stimulus bill, McConnell says

- Coronavirus task force member says testing capacity and testing needs are 2 different things

- Fauci: "You can't run away from the numbers. You can't run away from the numbers of people who’ve died, the number of people getting hospitalized, the surges we’re seeing... How long we're going to have to be doing this depends totally on us. If we keep running away from the reality of the need to do it, it could linger on and linger on."

- Covid Tracking Project says hospitalization data has been "erratic" since switch to HHS

- Biden and Harris receive first joint health briefing from experts on Covid-19

- Rushing reopening could have devastating consequences, Dr. Fauci says

- Trump: "every single thing he [Biden] said to do, every single thing, we did, and we did 'em well" (not true)

- Early results suggest Chinese vaccine is safe and induces immune response, but more research is needed (study)
Fauci says attempt to get coronavirus herd immunity would result in 'enormous' death toll
14-Aug-2020 - CDC: "On August 3, 2020, CDC updated its isolation guidance based on the latest science about COVID-19 showing that people can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. Contrary to media reporting today, this science does not imply a person is immune to reinfection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the 3 months following infection"

- Testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir: "there is no physical way to do 5 million tests per day in this country"

- Chad Wolf (DHS) tweet: "We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21"

- Vaccine trial investigator says results unlikely to come before end of the year

- NIAID: "Should there be a need for human challenge studies to fully assess candidate vaccines or therapeutics for SARS-CoV-2, NIAID has begun investigations of the technical and ethical considerations of conducting human challenge studies"

- Aiming for Covid-19 herd immunity in the US would lead to massive death tolls, Anthony Fauci warns

- Romney: No way to spin US COVID-19 deaths in a positive light
15-Aug-2020 - Quick and affordable saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by Yale scientists receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization

- Trump disagrees with CDC director's warning that fall could be worst in history for public health
16-Aug-2020 - Trump tweet: "“If carefully done, according to the guidelines, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that (vote at polling place).” Doctor Anthony Fauci"

- Kushner: Children have a six times higher chance to die from the flu than from the coronavirus. So based on the data I’ve seen, I don’t believe that’s a risk

- Gottlieb warns of comparisons between COVID-19 and flu after Kushner rema
17-Aug-2020 - The US has had the worst response to Covid-19 of any major country, expert says (Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Institute of Health)

- Birx says she wishes America's shutdown looked like Italy's

- Defense Department contract awarded to scale up Covid-19 convalescent plasma treatment

- Jared Kushner Says 170,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Is A Success Story

- Covid-19 Data Will Once Again Be Collected by CDC, in Policy Reversal (Birx)

- Trump holds rally in Mankato, MN

- Trump holds rally in Oshkosh, WI
18-Aug-2020 - WHO Blasts 'Vaccine Nationalism' in Last-Ditch Push Against Hoarding

- Fauci: "I don't think you'll ever see a mandating of vaccine, particularly for the general public"

- "The other thing that's a problem — still not completely fixed, but fixed in many areas of the country, but not all — is the delay between the time you do the test and you get the result back"

- Jacinda Ardern: "I don't think there's any comparison between New Zealand's current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases that are being seen daily in the United States"

- Trump holds rally in Yuma, AZ
19-Aug-2020 - Fauci Calls Russia's Claim of Effective COVID-19 Vaccine 'Bogus'

- Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

- Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui predicts Covid-19 vaccine by next spring, early summer
20-Aug-2020 - Coronavirus deaths should begin to drop soon, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield says

- Up to 60 million Americans may have been infected with coronavirus, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield says

- Trump Administration Declares Teachers Essential Workers, Says Can Stay In Class If Exposed To Covid-19

- Trump: "But the biggest headwind -- and that's during the pandemic, which I hope is nearing the final turn."

- Trump: "We are doing well. We're doing well. We got hit by this China plague. But other than that. I mean, we were rocking. And now we're going to be rocking again very, very soon."

- Trump holds rally in Old Forge, PA
21-Aug-2020 - US coronavirus deaths could top 6,000 a day by December in worst-case scenario, expert predicts (Dr. Chris Murray)

- CDC updates school guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic

- Teachers don't need formal essential worker designation, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield says

- Pence: We have many companies — several companies — that are in phase 3 clinical trials for a vaccine that I believe we'll have before the end of this year

- CDC Chief Says COVID Deaths Will Fall Next Week

- Early CDC models forecast up to 2.4 million US Covid-19 deaths by October, director says
22-Aug-2020 - Coronavirus pandemic could be over within two years - WHO head (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus)

- Coronavirus will be with us forever, Sage scientist warns (Sir Mark Walport)

- Trump tweet: "The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA"
23-Aug-2020 - Missing school is worse than virus for children - Whitty (UK's chief medical adviser)

- Trump Announces FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Coronavirus Plasma Treatment

- Poll: 57% Of Republicans Find Coronavirus Death Toll, Now Over 176,000, ‘Acceptable’

- Trump claims 'political reasons' held up convalescent plasma emergency authorization (by FDA)
24-Aug-2020 - Scientists say Hong Kong man got coronavirus a second time (there are now 3 known cases)

- CDC quietly changes coronavirus testing guidelines to say some people without symptoms but who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 may not need to get screened for the virus

- CDC drops 14-day self-quarantine recommendation for international and out-of-state travelers
25-Aug-2020 - Updated CDC guidance removes advice to stay home for 14 days after travel

- Covid-19: MPs launch legal action against government over failure to disclose details of PPE contracts (UK)
26-Aug-2020 - CDC was pressured 'from the top down' to change coronavirus testing guidance, official says

- Fauci says he 'has some concern' about change to COVID-19 testing guidelines

- Multiple states report COVID-19 cases linked to Sturgis rally

-- Former CDC director says emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma was "politically driven" (Dr. Thomas Frieden)
27-Aug-2020 - CDC director clarifies change in coronavirus testing guidelines after backlash

- Deadly reality of COVID-19 pandemic clashes with RNC rhetoric

- White House announces deal to provide 150 million rapid coronavirus tests

- C.D.C.’s ‘Clarification’ on Coronavirus Testing Offers More Confusion

- States Say They Won’t Follow CDC’s Controversial New Coronavirus Testing Guidelines

- Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi casts doubt on coronavirus originating in China

- First presumed U.S. case of coronavirus reinfection, in Nevada

- CDC forecast now projects more than 200,000 US coronavirus deaths by September 19
28-Aug-2020 - FDA extends emergency use authorization of remdesivir to all hospitalized Covid-19 patients

- Operation Warp Speed officials can't see coronavirus vaccine data early, official says

- Operation Warp Speed to continue if Trump loses election, White House official says

- British government says it is "safe to return to work" despite surging cases

- Trump holds rally in Londonderry, NH
29-Aug-2020 -
30-Aug-2020 - Twitter removes QAnon supporter's false claim about coronavirus death statistics which Trump had re-tweeted

- U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year ("Predict" -> "Stop Spillover")

- More than 25 million have now been infected by coronavirus
31-Aug-2020 - the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a trove of task force reports dated between June 23 and August 9 that highlight the extent to which Trump's public proclamations about the Covid-19 crisis have diverged from the findings of experts operating in the White House.

- New Trump pandemic adviser pushes controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy, worrying public health officials (Scott Atlas)

- Experts call for independent commission separate from FDA to review Covid-19 vaccines

- Trump & Co. Gleefully Twist CDC COVID Stat To Artificially Lessen Death Count

- At least 260 coronavirus cases in 12 states are associated with Sturgis
01-Sep-2020 - White House says U.S. won't join global COVID-19 vaccine initiative

- Fauci Squashes Trump’s Distortion Of CDC’s COVID-19 Death Toll Data

- Convalescent plasma not recommended to treat COVID-19, NIH says (no solid evidence for or against)
02-Sep-2020 - Dr. Fauci dismissed herd immunity for COVID-19, said US tactic should be to prevent as many infections as possible

- CDC Tells States: Be Ready to Distribute Vaccines on Nov. 1

- Covid-19 vaccine "unlikely" by October, despite CDC distribution guidance, NIH director says (Dr. Francis Collins)

- Coronavirus deaths are really coronavirus deaths, CDC affirms

- NIH continues to boost national COVID-19 testing capacity

- Nearly 570,000 health care workers across the Americas have had Covid-19, PAHO says
03-Sep-2020 - COVID-19 vaccine could come in late October; White House says no pressure on timing

- Stock market bloodbath: Dow and Nasdaq plummet in the worst day since June

- Coronavirus: UK announces £500 million funding for COVID-19 population testing trials

- Trump mocks Biden for wearing mask: 'Did you ever see a man that likes a mask as much as him?'

- Trump holds rally in Latrobe, PA
04-Sep-2020 - Trump: "We’re rounding the curve. We’re coming up with vaccines. I think the vaccines are going to be announced very soon, and I think you’re going to see great companies announcing these vaccines"

- Trump puts pressure on FDA for coronavirus silver bullet ahead of Election Day

- WHO does not expect widespread coronavirus vaccines until mid-2021

- US adds 1.4 million jobs in August, but is still down 11.5 million jobs since Covid hit

- New Zealand reports first Covid-19 death in more than three months

- US surgeon general tells states to be ready for COVID-19 vaccine by November 'just in case' (Dr. Jerome Adams)

- Experts warn U.S. covid-19 deaths could more than double by year’s end
05-Sep-2020 - UK records its highest Covid-19 daily case number since May
06-Sep-2020 - Coronavirus rising in 22 U.S. states

- UK records 2,988 new coronavirus cases, highest since May
Kamala Harris Says She Would Trust Scientists ― Not Trump ― On Coronavirus Vaccine
07-Sep-2020 - Trump tries and fails to get reporter to remove mask at news conference

- Trump: "So, we're going to have a vaccine very soon. Maybe even before a very special date. You know what date I'm talking about"

- Trump tweet: "Starting to get VERY high marks in our handling of the Coronavirus (China Virus), especially when compared to other countries and areas of the world. Now the Vaccines (Plus) are coming, and fast!"

- UK looking at options to reduce 14 day quarantine period
08-Sep-2020 - AstraZeneca pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after unexplained illness in volunteer

- More than half a million US children have been diagnosed with Covid-19

- Fauci says vaccine unlikely to be ready by Election Day

- Nine vaccine makers sign safety pledge in race for Covid-19 vaccine

- Trump holds rally in Winston-Salem, NC
09-Sep-2020 - USAID shuts down its coronavirus task force

- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was 'superspreading event' that cost public health $12.2 billion: analysis

- Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers (ends screening from September 14, 2020)

- Substantial underestimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States

- The Time to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport is Now

10-Sep-2020 - Covid vaccine: '8,000 jumbo jets needed' to deliver doses around world

- Pandemic Rollbacks: Slashing Safeguards During the Coronavirus

- UK's Boris Johnson will lower limits on social gatherings to control coronavirus spread

- Trump's Covid-19 testing czar says he has “never been told to slow down testing (Adm. Brett Giroir)

- Trump holds rally in Freeland, MI

- Trump: "I really do believe we’re rounding the corner"
11-Sep-2020 - Fauci: "I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they’re disturbing... We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day and the deaths are around 1,000." (about "rounding the corner")
12-Sep-2020 - AstraZeneca, Oxford resume COVID-19 vaccine trial in UK after brief pause

- Trump holds rally in Minden, NV
13-Sep-2020 - WHO reports highest single-day increase in Covid-19 infections since pandemic began

- Trump ignores science at dangerous indoor rally (Nevada)

- Trump holds rally in Henderson, NV
14-Sep-2020 - Enhanced screening of passengers on inbound international flights for COVID-19, ends

- Democrats launch probe into Trump officials' Covid-report tampering

- It's not just COVIS-19: Trump on climate change, surveying Claifornia wildfires: "It'll start getting cooler, you just watch... I don't think science knows actually... I think this is more of a management situation"

- Trump: "I’m On Stage, And It’s Very Far Away" (at rally)
15-Sep-2020 - Trump: "Well I didn’t downplay it, I actually in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action. My action was very strong because what I did with China, I put a ban on. With Europe, I put a ban on. And we would have lost thousands of more people had I not put the ban on,” Trump said. “So that was called action, not with the mouth but in actual fact. We did a very very good job when we put that ban on, whether you call it talent or luck, it was very important so we saved a lot of lives when we did that."

- Trump: "It’s probably gonna go away now a lot faster because of the vaccine... It would go away without the vaccine... Over a period of time... You’ll develop like a herd mentality." (A herd immunity strategy without a vaccine would lead to nearly 3 million deaths)
16-Sep-2020 - CDC director Robert Redfield: "We have clear scientific evidence (masks) work, I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because the immunogenicity may be 70 percent And if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine’s not going to protect me, this face mask will."

- CDC director Robert Redfield: "If you’re asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we’re probably looking at late second quarter, third quarter 2021"

- Trump: "No I think he made a mistake when he [Redfield] said that. That’s incorrect information. “I believe he was confused. I think he just misunderstood the question, probably."

- Attorney General William Barr: "You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history"
17-Sep-2020 - Trump holds rally in Mosinee, WI

- Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams: "We don't need to wait until we get a vaccine or some miracle drug to get this virus under control. We can do it right now. The tools to stop this virus are already in our communities."

- Fauci: "If you have a vaccine that is highly effective and not enough people get vaccinated, you're not going to realize the full, important effect of having a vaccine."
18-Sep-2020 - Trump holds rally in Bemidji, MN

- Dr. Scott Atlas: "there's no sound science that shows that you should have all populations wear a mask in all circumstances."

- Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air (later retracted)
19-Sep-2020 - Trump holds rally in Fayetteville, NC
20-Sep-2020 -
21-Sep-2020 - Trump holds rally in Swanton, OH

- Trump: "We now know the disease. We didn't know it, now we know it. It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it really affects. That's it. You know in some states thousands of people, nobody young below the age of 18, like, nobody, they have a strong immune system. Who knows? You take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system, but it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing."

- CDC Says New COVID-19 Guidelines That Said Virus Can Travel More Than 6 Feet In Air Were Accidentally Updated

- Trump: "We’re rounding the corner. With or without a vaccine. They hate when I say that but that’s the way it is.’ve done a phenomenal job. Not just a good job a phenomenal job. Other that public relations but that’s because I have fake news. On public relations I give myself a D on the job itself we take an A+."

- The UK has "in a bad sense, recently turned a corner" in the coronavirus pandemic, UK chief medical adviser Chris Whitty said
22-Sep-2020 - Trump holds rally in Moon Township, PA

- Fauci: "We are entering into a risk period and we’ve got to act accordingly as we enter into that risk period"
23-Sep-2020 -
Some time after 19-Jan-2017 - U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak. Also NSF, USAID, USDA cuts

- Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook

- Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

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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.
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FactBase is a useful source of clips
All entries relate to COVID_19 unless otherwise stated or obvious

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Sources and other useful/interesting links

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

Article: "Map: Track this summer's coronavirus hot spots across the U.S." by Nigel Chiwaya and Jiachuan Wu

Article: "Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response" by Ryan Goodman and Danielle Schulkin

Article: "How the Pandemic Defeated America" by Ed Yong

Article: "34 days of pandemic: Inside Trump’s desperate attempts to reopen America" by Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Robert Costa and Lena H. Sun

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