A timeline of the coronavirus

"Our country is under control." - Donald Trump, February 25, 2020. Here's how the coronavirus spread around the world and became a pandemic.

Coronavirus: a history

Origin Story

The coronavirus dates back to December 31, 2019 when Wuhan, China confirmed dozens of cases of viral pneumonia. The first case in the United States appeared less than a month later, January 20, in Washington State. Wuhan and its population of over 11 million people closed off the entire city by January 23. The infamous cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, tested positive for the virus on February 3. Italy’s rates of coronavirus began rising rapidly by February 23 as their government desperately tried to contain it.

February 27 was when the National Institutes of Health confirmed that the coronavirus vaccine would not be completed for at least a year. Then the White House confirmed the first death from the virus in the United States the following day. Italy was put on lockdown on March 9 and two days later, the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic, forcing several schools, workplaces, and similar activities to be pushed online. As of March 12, the three states with over 150 cases include Washington State, California, and New York. Currently, there are 38 known deaths caused by coronavirus, with 30 from Washington State.

How to prevent the virus

Since the coronavirus taskforce predicts that a coronavirus vaccine will not be perfected for another year or year and a half, it is best to start looking into at-home prevention methods. Health professionals are asking citizens to stop buying medical masks as they are often worn improperly, and tend to be more effective for those with the virus rather than those trying to avoid getting sick. Also, the mass stockpiling of these devices are preventing medical workers from having the proper supplies. Other known prevention methods include rigorously and frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable, disinfecting any and all surfaces, and preparing medicine and food supplies in case of infection.


03/13/2020 1:57 PMupdated: 03/13/2020 2:13 PM
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  • Shane P.
    2 days

    Sounds like he's happy to have ir

  • Alex A.
    3 days

    Ma kume lazu nas da bi mogli kasnije da nas karaju kako hoce... I ti si prelezao tu gripu samo onda je nisu zvali korona nego gripa sa teperaturom )))

  • Dejan S.
    3 days

    Kume ubijaju nas

  • Alex A.
    3 days

    Why do u need to read from paper to tell us what is happen to you... Can't you just say what is happen to you why you need to read it from paper ?

  • Paulie K.
    3 days

    Stray strong and stay healthy. Go Blue!

  • Marimar G.
    3 days

    Thanks 😊 for sharing God bless you 🙏

  • Princella K.
    4 days

    Praying May God Be The Glory

  • Medic S.
    7 days

    Animals can get Corona virus? Do they have the cure?

  • Purpes C.
    03/26/2020 14:16

    Thank you sir and hope for a healthier life!

  • Jenny S.
    03/25/2020 07:43

    Thank u for sharing ur story...keep safe 😊

  • Paula A.
    03/25/2020 04:43

    Thank you for taking one for the team! 😂

  • Gabby H.
    03/25/2020 04:41


  • Mahesh G.
    03/24/2020 19:03

    Hindi language please कोरोना रुग्ण को खुले सुर्य प्रकाश मे रखे.छोटी जूट की कुटिया बनाए.उसमे देसी गाय के गोबर के कंडे लगातार ऐसे जलाए कि उस कुटिया का तापमान कुछ 40 डिगरी बना रहे अब उस कुटिया मे जल रहे कंडो पर देसी गाय का घी धिरे धिरे डालते रहे की उससे धुआ कुटिया मे बना रहे.बस समझे आपने आधी बिमारी तो मार ही डाली है उस धुए से फाँरमेलिन गँस बनती है जो रुग्ण के फेफडे मे जाकर बिमारी को सीधे सीधे मारती है और मरीज की ठीक होने तक यह धुआ सहना पडेगा लेकिन वह बच अवश्य जाएगा.ऐसाही कुछ ओ.टी. मे स्टेरिलायझेशन के लिये रोज होता है परिस्थिती के चलते इन रुग्णो के लिये यही उपचार उपयोगी होगा.बाकी उपचार डाँक्टर से कराले. - जय श्रीराम

  • Natalja F.
    03/24/2020 15:34

    I don’t understand (or I missed something) with this disease why hospital they don’t do a lung x-ray to see how damaged the lungs are or are improving.

  • Catherine V.
    03/24/2020 08:04

    Gws God bless you

  • Samantha M.
    03/23/2020 20:39

    Thank you! X

  • Tesfay D.
    03/23/2020 15:01

    Im stayimg home but im still surpere some compy still working downtown seattle , my roommate is working when i stay home ,im scared from him , because he took a bus but not fare ,u know , i dont know what have to do ,

  • Tesfay D.
    03/23/2020 14:57

    Thank you for sharing to us , im hope my God heal you my dear

  • Sesi M.
    03/23/2020 00:55

    God bless you.

  • Michelle G.
    03/22/2020 17:41

    Sending prayers💛🙏