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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Comments

Robert Averill - November 10, 2020

Enjoyed the article but Biden wants to do all the same things Trump has already done so basically he’s just copying Trump. This is typical liberal news.
Biden has done nothing in 47 years so not a good track record.

Wayne - November 10, 2020

In my opinion it is nothing more than what President Trump is already doing

Linda Machleit - November 12, 2020

I would like to say that the Covid Pandemics that have taken so many lives already are the least of our worries. We have greater things to spend our worries on. I pray that we open our eyes wide and see what is going on right in front of us. As real as the pandemic is, it is a distraction and a cause to focus on self.

charles musgrove - November 12, 2020

Mr. Boys, You seem willing to join those who know that if they push hard enough, most people will give in to the socialist claims. Irregularities at the ballot box all across the country support the call to “hold on just a minute” we believe the odor says there’s a skunk here. Almost 4 years of opposition to President Trump says the Left is no where near folding their tent. They have seized the expression from (the insurance industry ?) “make your plan and work the plan!”
As for the possible points Biden would implement, they scream “more government control!” The Democrat Party cannot claim victory until all LEGAL ballots have been counted and the total favors them
Yogi Berra might have described the situation with the Liberals “they have come to a fork in the road and they took it.”
May God have mercy on America’s future. We may have passed God’s limits on national conduct.
Cordially C. Musgrove

Anthony Heino - November 12, 2020

biden hasn’t done crap in 47 years including the swine flu!! What makes you think he’s going to do anything now??? Only thing he should be is in jail!

William A. Frideger - November 12, 2020

So far I see nothing new in Biden’s plan and several things omitted or perhaps being stopped. Also you missed the 01/31 travel ban on China and the WHO notice the corvid was nit contagious.

John D Dube - November 12, 2020

Biden’s covid plans were already being done by Trump, he just wants to take credit for them. He will also try to take credit for the vaccine that was a result of Trump expediting the process by removing barriers.

LDH - November 12, 2020

I’m ‘certain’ this comment will not be “approved”. But Covid 19 is the biggest scam ever perpetrated upon the world – planned and implemented by the Cabal/DeepState – all the health organizations – run by the biggest eugenicists ever – Bill and Melinda Gates – and of course, Fauci, Birx, Tedros Adhanom, etc. And WE are foolish enough to play along with it. Not me, but half of the world. The Left controlled Media never tells us the truth, censors every dissenting voice – Dr’s, scientists, who disagree – but we can find it by researching (until they also censor our online platforms). If you believe Covid is a worldwide killer – be my guest. It surely IS a moneymaker for people like you – as you play on the fears of the sheep. The truth will come out eventually – but our President TRUMP! Because Biden is not, can not, and never will be President. He has been tried and ‘gone’ a year ago. But keep living in lala land.

John - November 12, 2020

Trump has the same plan so how can this be any new plan den came up to trump said this what he was gonna do a month ago

Jesse Gonzales - November 12, 2020

Your timeline left out Trump’s ban on all travel from China on 1/31.
Was this purposely left out because you think this did not happen??
Biden was critical of Trump & called him Zenaphobic for doing so.
We would have 10 times the deaths in this country if Sleepy Joe
was in charge at the time.

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