Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Friday, January 31

Jan 31: Trump declares the coronavirus outbreak to be a public health emergency and bans travel from China, with some exceptions. Many on the political left criticize the president for the ban, seeing it as racially motivated. There are now 12,000 cases and 250 deaths from coronavirus in China. Senate prepares to vote on witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial.  *


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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.