Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Sunday, February 2

-Feb 1: Princess Crusis confirms that a passenger who sailed aboard the Diamond Princess from Yokohama, Japan, on Jan. 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25 had tested positive for the virus. People en route to the United States who have not already left China face a 2-week home-based quarantine if they had been in Hubei province. The Trump administration suspends entry into the United States of “immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China.” Nonetheless, exemptions still allow tens of thousands of passengers to enter the United States. Britain officially exits the EU.

-Feb 2: The first coronavirus death reported outside China — a 44-year-old Wuhan resident who died in the Philippines. The Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami.*


Sean Hannity Interviews President Trump at Mar-a-Lago before the Super Bowl, 02-02-2020


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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.