COVID-19 is still considered an ongoing pandemic. We have seen 6.3 millions global deaths, while the US alone has reached over 1 million COVID-19 related deaths.

The COVID-19 Timeline:

  • December 12th, 2019 - A cluster of residents of Wuhan, China begin exhibiting symptoms that would later be diagnosed as COVID-19
  • January 7th, 2020 - the Chinese authorities finally identify and isolate the new coronavirus as the causative agent of the outbreak, labeled 2019-nCoV (later officially named COVID-19)
  • January 7th, 2020 - The CDC established a Center-Led Incident Management Structure to monitor the progress and response.
  • January 13th, 2020 - Thailand reports it's first case of imported COVID-19 (first place to see it outside of Wuhan)
  • January 15th, 2020 - Japan reports it's first case of imported COVID-19
  • January 17th, 2020 - Screening of anyone coming into the US from China are checked for COVID-19.
  • January 20th, 2020 - A month after the 1st case was reported, the US sees its first confirmed case in Washington State.
  • January 21st, 2020 - CDC activated its Emergency Response System
  • January 22nd, 2020 - The WHO confirms human-to-human spread
  • January 27th, 2020 - The US FDA announces interagency cooperation to develop a specific test and vaccine
  • January 29th, 2020 - The White House Coronavirus Task Force (WHCTF) is established
  • January 31st, 2020 - The US Secretary of Health & Human Services and the WHO declared the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency and the WHCTF implement travel policies to take effect on February 2nd, 2020.
  • February 4th, 2020 - The FDA approved EUA PACK for CDC diagnostic test kits
  • February 8th, 2020 - One of the 1st test kits arrives in East Manhattan
  • February 11th, 2020 - The WHO announced the official name of the disease: COVID-19
  • February 23rd, 2020 - Italy becomes COVID-19 Hotspot, enacting Decree-Law No. 6, effectively locking down the country to contain the spread.
  • March 11th, 2020 - The WHO declares COVID-19 a Pandemic
  • March 13th, 2020 - President Trump declares a nationwide emergency
  • March 14th, 2020 - CDC issues a 'No Sail Order' for all cruise ships
  • March 15th, 2020 - the US begins to shut down to prevent the spread.
  • March 16th, 2020 - CDC launches Clara bot, a COVID-19 symptom checker, on it's website.
  • March 17th, 2020 - First human trial of Vaccine to protect against pandemic COVID-19 begins in the US
  • March 26th, 2020 - US Senate passes CARES act
  • March 28th, 2020 - The White House extends social distancing measures until the end of April 2020
  • April 3rd, 2020 - At a WH press briefing, CDC announces new mask wearing guidelines, recommending the use of masks when outside the home
  • April 8th, 2020 - US Health & Human Services announces first contract for ventilator production goes to General Motors under the Defense Production Act
  • April 10th, 2020 - The US Surpasses Italy as the global leader for reported deaths due to COVID-19 (23,036 deaths)
  • April 13th, 2020 - Most US states report widespread cases of COVID-19
  • April 13th, 2020 - President Trump announces the US will cease funding to the WHO
  • April 24th, 2020 - Georgia, Alaska, and Oklahoma begin to partially reopen their states
  • April 26th, 2020 - Children in the UK begin presenting with the first cases of what would later be known as Multisystem inflammatory syndrome that affects children with COVID-19
  • April 30th, 2020 - President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, an initiative to produce a vaccine as quick as possible, with the CDC
  • May 1st, 2020 - US FDA issues EUA for remdesivir for treatment of confirmed COVID-19 in Adults and Children hospitalized with severe symptoms
  • May 2nd, 2020 - the WHO renews its Global Health Crisis emergency declaration
  • May 9th, 2020 - The US unemployment rates increases to 14.7%, the worst rate since the Great Depression, 20.5 million Americans our of work
  • May 28th, 2020 - the US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
  • July 23rd, 2020 - CDC releases a guide for safe school reopening processes
  • September 22, 2020 - US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 200,000
  • October 2nd, 2020 - President Trump tests positive for Covid
  • October 5th, 2020 - The White House outbreak continues as several staff members test positive for the virus
  • October 7th, 2020 - New Zealand declares itself virus free
  • November 1st, 2020 - CDC announces the end of the 'No Sail Order' for cruise ships
  • November 13th, 2020 - Increased outbreaks are reported across the country due to large Halloween gatherings
  • December 3rd, 2020 - The Advise Committee on Immunization Practices recommends health care professionals should be first to get COVID-19 vaccines
  • December 11th, 2020 - The FDA issues EUA for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines
  • December 14th, 2020 - A NY nurse, Sandra, becomes first American outside of a clinical study to receive the Vaccine
  • December 14th, 2020 - US Covid death toll surpasses 300,000
  • December 18th, 2020 - The FDA issues EUA for Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
  • December 21st, 2020 - US Congress passes second COVID Relief Act
  • December 24th, 2020 - An estimated 1 million Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19
  • December 30th, 2020 - First case of UK Variant reported in the US in Colorado
  • December 31st, 2020 - One year anniversary of 1st case reported to WHO
  • January 7th, 2021 - One year anniversary of CDC COVID-19 pandemic response
  • January 14th, 2021 - US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 400,000
  • January 25th, 2021 - First US Case of Brazil variant reported in Minnesota
  • January 26th, 2021 - Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million
  • January 28th, 2021 - First US Case of South African variant reported in South Carolina
  • February 1st, 2021 - First at home tests to be put into distribution in the US
  • February 21st, 2021 - US Covid death toll surpasses 500,000
  • February 27th, 2021 - FDA approves UAT for Johnson and Johnson one shot vaccine
  • March 8th, 2021 - CDC announces fully vaccinates people can gather indoors without masks
  • March 11th, 2021 - President Biden announces a federal vaccine website where users can find vaccines near them
  • March 13th, 2021 - US surpasses 100 million administered vaccines
  • March 14th, 2021 - Several countries, including Ireland, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway suspend dispensing AstaZeneca COVID vaccine over concerns of blood clotting.
  • March 19th, 2021 - CDC announces kids in school can socially distance from 3 feet instead of 6 feet
  • April 2nd, 2021 - CDC announces fully vaccinated individuals can travel safely domestically in the U.S. without a COVID test first.
  • April 13th, 2021 - CDC recommends pausing the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because of blood clot complications.
  • April 21st, 2021 - U.S. surpasses 200 million vaccinations administered.
  • April 23rd, 2021 - CDC recommends continued use of Johnson and Johnson vaccine for people 18 and older.
  • June 1st, 2021 - The Delta variant, first identified in India in late 2020, becomes the dominant variant in the U.S. The variant kicks off a third wave of infections during the summer of 2021.
  • July 27th, 2021 - After a substantial upswing in cases due to the Delta variant, CDC releases updated guidance for everyone in areas with substantial or high transmission to wear a mask while indoors.
  • August 6th, 2021 - CDC study shows that among people previously infected with COVID-19, reinfection was less than half as likely among those who were vaccinated after their first infection.
  • August 18th, 2021 - CDC announces a new center, the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics, to improve the U.S. government’s ability to forecast and model emerging health threats, such as pandemics.
  • August 30th, 2021 - ACIP recommends Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for people ages 16 years and older.
  • October 21st, 2021 - CDC endorses ACIP recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for people who are 65 years and older, and people 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, and who live or work in high risk settings.
  • November 2nd, 2021 - CDC endorses ACIP recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.
  • November 26th, 2021 - WHO classifies a new variant, Omicron, as a variant of concern after it was first reported by scientists in South Africa.
  • November 29th, 2021 - CDC recommends that everyone over 18 years old who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine receive a COVID-19 booster shot 6 months after they are fully vaccinated.
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