How the Pandemic Has Evolved and How the President Will Handle It

The long-anticipated 2020 Election Day is finally over.

Major news sources including Fox News, CNN and the Associated Press have declared Democrat challenger and former vice president Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States.

It was an incredibly close and contentious election. As of this writing, ballots in several states are still being counted. Lawsuits are being filed. Results are being contested.

Some political analysts say one of the reasons for Biden’s electoral college advantage was COVID-19. They say the public lost confidence in President Donald Trump’s ability to handle it.

If Biden is indeed the next president, he will have his hands full. He knows he needs to slow the spread of a virus now infecting more than 100,000 Americans every day. Without destroying the economy.

Devastating Effects

We'll get to Biden's plans to tackle that dilemma in a moment. In the meantime, let's review how COVID-19 has evolved since its start.

After all, in less than a year the virus has brought countries around the world to a standstill. It has pushed hospital systems to the brink.

And it has dragged the global economy into possibly the worst recession since World War II.

Millions of Americans lost their jobs due to the virus. Hundreds of thousands of businesses shut down. Countless businesses are enforcing strict safety protocols.

The COVID-19 Timeline

Here's a partial timeline regarding how the coronavirus began and evolved.

January 9 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announces a mysterious coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

January 20 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) begins passenger screenings at airports in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

January 21 – The CDC confirms the first coronavirus case in the U.S. It's a Washington state resident who recently returned from Wuhan. 

January 31 – WHO declares a public health emergency as the virus spreads to Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan.

February 3 – The U.S. declares a public health emergency.

March 11 – WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic. The organization's director general expresses concerns about the "alarming levels of spread and severity." 

March 13 – Trump declares a national emergency. It frees up billions of dollars in federal funding to fight the disease's spread. Trump also declares a travel ban on non-U.S. citizens traveling here from Europe.

March 17 – Trump asks Congress to expedite emergency relief checks to Americans as part of an economic stimulus package.

March 19 – California becomes the first state to issue a stay-at-home order, other than for essential jobs or shopping for essential needs.

April 29 – Trials conducted by the National Institutes of Health show the drug Remdesivir speeds up recovery time from the virus.

May 28 – The U.S. passes the 100,000 mark in deaths from the coronavirus.

June 10 – U.S. COVID-19 cases reach the 2 million mark. Cases rise as some states ease social distancing restrictions.

June 30 – Dr. Anthony Fauci warns the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that new U.S. cases could reach 100,000 per day.

July 7 – WHO acknowledges evidence suggesting airborne coronavirus transmission.

July 8 – Intensive care units in hospitals in Florida and Arizona reach full capacity due to COVID-19 surges.

July 15 – Walmart, the world's largest retailer, requires shoppers to wear facemasks in all 5,000 of its U.S. stores.

August – Numerous countries and U.S. states report record-breaking numbers of daily COVID-19 infections. Many schools announce they will not reopen for in-person classes in the fall.

September 9 – The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association announce that more than 500,000 U.S. children have tested positive for COVID-19.

September 22 – U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpass 200,000.

September 28 – Global deaths from COVID-19 surpass the 1 million mark.

October 2 – Trump and wife Melania test positive for COVID-19. The president is flown to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment. He returns to the White House three days later.

October 8 – At least 34 people in the Trump Administration have tested positive for COVID-19. 

November 7 – The U.S. establishes a record for daily cases with 126,742 confirmed. In addition, 1040 deaths are reported.

November 9 - Pfizer and BioNTech announce their coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among those without evidence of a prior infection.

What's Your Plan?

As promised, here's how Biden says he would attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 without destroying the economy.

At the crux of the plan are the following features:

  • A decisive public health response that ensures the wide availability of free testing.
  • The elimination of all cost barriers to preventive care and treatment for COVID-19.
  • Allocating $25 billion toward the manufacturing and distribution of an eventual vaccine.
  • The full deployment and operation of necessary supplies, personnel and facilities.
  • Establishing a racial and ethnic disparities task force to address the communities disproportionately affected by the virus.

As far as future health crises are concerned, Biden says this. He wants to establish and manage a permanent, professional, sufficiently resourced public health and first responder system. One that protects Americans by doing the following:

  • Scaling up biomedical research
  • Deploying rapid testing capacity
  • Ensuring robust, nationwide disease surveillance
  • Sustaining a first-class public health and first responder workforce
  • Establishing a flexible emergency budgeting authority
  • Mobilizing the world to ensure greater sustained preparedness for future pandemics.

Eventually we'll know the results of any recounts and fraud allegations from the 2020 presidential election. If only getting COVID-19 under control would happen as quickly.

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e - November 16, 2020

There is so much evidence of fraud. 450,000 ballots dropped off 4 am at one voting place all for Biden. Really? That not fraud? The fact that they found computer programs that are flipping Trump votes to Biden. There are areas that have 618% voting. Our voting system has been vulnerable for years and we are just now finding out the depth of it. Living in a country of free choice means you have put forth effort to find the facts and not settle for being fed information via the media. The media does not select the president, the people do.

Jill - November 13, 2020

No evidence of fraud, law suits are frivolous. If there is evidence…then lets see it. Trumps lawyers are admitting in court that there is no evidence. Biden has won decisively and there is nothing Trump can legally do about that. Trump is conning his supporters for personal gain in the future. But we will have to see because of pending State felony charges and indictments for Trump. These felonies may alter his future plans. Re: Covid, Covid doesn’t listen to all the conspiracy theories mentioned here. Biden’s plan is very different from Trumps’ herd immunity…which means mandate nothing and just let people die. We can stop some of the deaths with greater support for State health departments, facemasks, contact tracing, restrictions on group events, access to accurate and quick testing, etc. The interworkings of the Federal and State agencies need to be coordinated so that different agencies do not have to bid or compete against each other. So that plans can be made for the future. The timeline put in this blog is inaccurate in that it confuses Trump’s words with what actually happened….ie) Trump actually never ordered any business to make PPE for citizens and health workers. Given our overlapping jurisdictions, I do not know how much power Biden will have to issue federal mandates as compared to States. It actually is a complicated legal matter…so I think there will be a lot of deal making between Biden’s administration and states…In Wisconsin, where I am from, this will be even more complicated though because the GOP has refused to work with our governor, refused to go into a special session to see what we can do, has filed lawsuits against any actions the governor has taken. So all I can do is pray for Trump right now and his supporters so that we will not needlessly realize 400 plus thousand deaths that are now estimated by March 1st.

ELEANOR ABNER - November 12, 2020

I have advised everyone I know to turn off the main stream media. There are several conservative stations that stream. I agree with everyone that has commented = Joe Biden is not the man for the job and he has no real plan for the virus or anything else. Everything that Trump has done to help us through this pandemic is all anyone person could possibly do. Joe Biden is a copycat. This election is not over. The battle has just begun to fight for our country.

Jan - November 12, 2020

Trump 2020!
He was chosen my God Almighty and the real American people, who voted for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Currently, our country has been stolen from us 🇺🇸 by radical, left wing social elitists. They only care about power and money for themselves.
God bless 🙏 🙌 ❤ America 🇺🇸 and President Donald Trump!

CJ - November 12, 2020

How is Biden’s plan for COVID different than what Trump already has in place?

Deb Woodrow - November 12, 2020

Thank you for putting together an excellent non biased timeline of Covid 19. Also for outlining Bidens Covid plan. Love or hate Biden , believe or disbelief of Covid being " real" it does affect lives and economics.

judy jernigan - November 12, 2020

Biden will be riding on the coattails of all the work Trump has done for us. Trump is the best president
and the hardest working I have ever seen. God bless him and his family. JJ

Sandra Payne - November 12, 2020

I agree with all the comments above and am very disappointed in the news and how the democrats have acted during the last four years. Big cry babies have to get their way by doing things the illegal way. JS

jean - November 10, 2020

I have learned that the mainstream news only lies, and for a President to be called before the states have finished counting is absurd, Does this make sense to you?
When the magnitude of the voter fraud is revealed Trump will have won by a landslide. I believe all states are red, and I can’t tell you how many Democrats I know that have switched.

In case you weren’t aware, the real ballots were tracked by GFS, because Trump knew 2 years ago that they would try to steal the election.


rich francis moulton - November 10, 2020

If the democrats didn’t open the door to this virus and unleashing on the world in a attempt to steal the WH we wouldn’t be talking about it. The democrats are to blame along with China. Thankfully once the dust clears from all the fraudulent ballots and Trump is still president the truth will be uncovered about fauci gates and the democrats we will start to see thing get back to normal.

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