Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Thursday, January 30

-Jan 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency.  The U.S. reports its first cases of person-to-person transmission of the new virus. A research paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms the asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the virus will be good for the U.S. economy in a Fox News interview (see video below). Secretary Azar directly warns President Trump that the virus could morph into a pandemic, a warning the president discounts as alarmist. Warnings also continue to come in from the intelligence community about the dangers of the virus. Trump tells an Iowa crowd at a rally that proponents of the Green New Deal want to, “crush our farms, destroy our wonderful cows. They want to kill our cows.” Brexit begins, with Britain’s final departure from the EU planned for Friday.  *

Ross, Wilbur. “Coronavirus Will Bring Jobs to US, Mexico: Ross.” Fox Business, January 20, 2020.

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Rothe, Camilla, Mirjam Schunk, Peter Sothmann, Gisela Bretzel, Guenter Froeschl, Claudia Wallrauch, Thorbjörn Zimmer, et al. “Transmission of 2019-NCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany.” New England Journal of Medicine 382, no. 10 (January 30, 2020): 970–71.
CDC. “CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 30, 2020.
CDC. “Transcript of CDC Telebriefing for the Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 30, 2020.
McKenna, Maryn. “Amid Coronavirus Fears, a Mask Shortage Could Spread Globally.” Wired, February 4, 2020.
Du, Zhanwei, Lin Wang, Simon Cauchemez, Xiaoke Xu, Xianwen Wang, Benjamin J. Cowling, and Lauren Ancel Meyers. “Risk of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Importations throughout China Prior to the Wuhan Quarantine.” MedRxiv, January 30, 2020, 2020.01.28.20019299.
Furedi, Frank. “Coronavirus and the Culture of Fear,” January 30, 2020.
Ricci, Sébastien. “Deadliest Day for China in Virus Fight as Global Fears Mount,” January 30, 2020.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV): Situation Report – 10 (30 January 2020) – China.” ReliefWeb, January 30, 2020.
US Government. “Our Documents – Chinese Exclusion Act (1882),” 1882.
Chen, Nanshan, Min Zhou, Xuan Dong, Jieming Qu, Fengyun Gong, Yang Han, Yang Qiu, et al. “Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of 99 Cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Wuhan, China: A Descriptive Study.” The Lancet 395, no. 10223 (January 30, 2020): 507–13.
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* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (, the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (, the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (, as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.