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: 04/28/2020 8:38 PM


  • Claude C.
    08/12/2020 20:19

    That is not so,if you had done it right there would be 20,000 less deaths

  • Hanna S.
    08/03/2020 21:25

    Hem good Donald Trump 👍👍👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️

  • Stephane G.
    08/02/2020 15:48


  • Claire B.
    08/02/2020 06:42

    When will the Miracle happen and Trump will disappear ?

  • Grazyna S.
    07/29/2020 16:23

    That"s my opinion too Mr. D. Trump......

  • Robert A.
    07/25/2020 14:44

    is he having Covid 19 ????

  • Robert A.
    07/25/2020 14:44

    is heute having Covid 19 ????

  • Brian K.
    07/24/2020 14:00


  • Matt C.
    07/23/2020 23:03

    What a fabulous failure Trump is.

  • Jimmy J.
    07/22/2020 07:20

    Out of this world nut case insane

  • David S.
    07/21/2020 17:10

    Well it’s still here and getting worse KRESKIN!

  • Fred I.
    07/19/2020 17:42

    It’s so sad how the American people voted thus lying narcissistic child as president

  • Lamarr M.
    07/15/2020 15:19

    Andy Mack

  • Eddy R.
    06/25/2020 13:25

    What clever people the Americans are to vote on him the narcist who believe that everthing is because off the other.

  • Raul P.
    06/14/2020 21:51

    Yes the USA has a virus it's trump pence mcconnell and the Republicans.

  • Malin J.
    05/30/2020 04:39

    I have had C19, and I had almost no fever and not that much cough either. I had all other symtoms of a regular flu, multiplied by two. Also, it was hard to breathe. I never had to go to hospital.

  • Senora N.
    05/28/2020 14:53

    what does he refer as "good job"? I dont get it..🙄..

  • Jay K.
    05/25/2020 12:33

    trump for Prisoner 2020

  • Rosel T.
    05/23/2020 06:28

    Usa is most probably the origin of covid19. Why don't investigate the many cases of pneumonia and flu that occurred since August 2019 in USA? They must investigate CDC to uncover the truth. China is innocent and honest.

  • JR G.
    05/19/2020 14:52

    In the modern history you Failed!!!! 😡 very good job with 200,000 deaths?? Disgusting!!!

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