Feb 15: According to researchers at ICahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the coronavirus begins to circulate in New York by mid-February.
Feb 16: The WHO sends a team to China that includes two U.S. experts, although the Americans are not permitted to visit the “core area” in Wuhan. American passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined in Japan since Feb. 3 due to 356 cases of coronavirus on board, are evacuated. 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for AG Barr’s resignation over the reduced sentencing decision for Roger Stone, claiming that Barr is doing “the president’s bidding.”
Feb 17: Fourteen of the American passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess are confirmed to have been infected with the “flu-like” virus.
Feb 18: President Trump pardons former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich who attempted to sell Barack Obama’s former Senate seat when he was elected president. Bernie Sanders shows a double-digit lead in the Democratic Party presidential primary polls.*
God knows I hope I’m wrong, but all of this stuff with the Diamond Princess seems frighteningly disorganized and like things could get out of hand. The Japan Ministry of Health says that even on the first day of the quarantine, there were 10 cases on board, and by February 22, there were 634 cases on the ship. How can we be sure that the people who left weren’t sick? It isn’t like everyone who was going to get the virus got it on the first day of the quarantine. If people can carry this virus and be contagious with no symptoms, then has this virus just been dispersed around the world? Maintaining public health is a lot like maintaining a nuclear reactor—the details matter.
The stories of this ordeal make me think of an article that I just read in the journal, Antiquity, about British archaeologists who have discovered a mass grave dating to the Black Death. Forty-eight men, women, and children show signs of death by plague. What’s extraordinary about it is that it is the first such mass grave found in a rural site in England. People have imagined that the plague was an urban phenomenon, and then here it is, this country site of mass sorrow and death.  The worst viruses bank on us underestimating them. In the 14th century, they went to the countryside and assumed they were safe. In the 21st century, we lean into our technology and assume we are safe. I hope that I am a Chicken Little and not a Cassandra.
 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japan). Press Release. February 2020. https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/houdou_list_202002.html. See a summary of these events at Eisuke Nakazawa, Hiroyasu Ino, and Akira Akabayashi, “Chronology of COVID-19 Cases on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship and Ethical Considerations: A Report From Japan,” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, March 24, 2020, 1–8, https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.50.
 Hugh Willmott et al., “A Black Death Mass Grave at Thornton Abbey: The Discovery and Examination of a Fourteenth-Century Rural Catastrophe,” Antiquity 94, no. 373 (Feb 18, 2020): 179–96, https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.213
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Even with protective gear… “On Friday, a fire department employee who had helped with patient transport from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama tested positive, despite having worn protective gear.” #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 https://t.co/kS3qOzXqcg— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 17, 2020
We all know that we were facing a crisis here in Diamond Princess due to NCoV but hey we still managed to smile, laugh and dance. For our Family and Friends to know that we were Ok here and We Will Stand Together As One until we finish the Quarantine.#Galley#TeamDiamondPrincess pic.twitter.com/0nqsPsOfhP— Mae Fantillo (@maejuliene18) February 14, 2020
#Coronavirus latest: – 1,807 new cases of coronavirus and 93 new deaths in Hubei province – Damage caused by virus resembles SARS, MERS – Apple to miss quarterly target due to outbreakhttps://t.co/tPkBoiPTkI— Bloomberg (@business) February 17, 2020
China finally conducts first autopsies on coronavirus victims after 'government red tape caused delays' https://t.co/Aq0JAD6fqj— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 17, 2020
"𝑶𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒈𝒎𝒂."@DrTedros of the World Health Organization @WHO asks for calm, cooperation and global solidarity in fighting #COVID19#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/URoHtz3iHb— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) February 16, 2020
The World Health Organization has held talks with tech giants to stop the spread of coronavirus “misinformation,” despite the fact that some things once labeled “misinformation” have since turned out to be true.https://t.co/GraZ5sOS4O— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 17, 2020
The World Health Organization has declared China's #coronavirus outbreak an international emergency. For the latest developments around the outbreak, follow our liveblog: https://t.co/cEBwkonfeh pic.twitter.com/9HwWAd7OUF— Reuters (@Reuters) February 14, 2020
CDC reports 14,000 people in the U.S. have died from the flu this season, including 92 children. https://t.co/6aOxeMhRBo— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2020
Biggest news here: Other prosecutors at the DC US Attorney’s Office have discussed resigning in the coming days, following Roger Stone sentencing about-face:https://t.co/UywJFPlIf2— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) February 13, 2020
For all of you new MAGAs in my timeline this weekend, please enjoy this piece on the subject of convicted criminal Roger Stone.Roger Stone Knows Trump’s Secrets. That’s Why He’ll Avoid Prison https://t.co/RXpTgxWb9D via @RollingStone — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 16, 2020
REVEALED: Roger Stone jury foreman is a failed Democrat candidate who mocked his arrest, labeled Trump supporters racist and posed with ex-DNC chair Donna Brazile https://t.co/8DkdoH44wG— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 13, 2020
Hey how's everyone doing, good good, dropping in to say fuck this guy.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) February 17, 2020
"Disgraced Televangelist Jim Bakker Now Hawking Product That Claims to ‘Kill’ or ‘Deactivate’ Coronavirus, SARS, and HIV" https://t.co/BeHUbXx4tu
* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020), the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/), the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (theweek.com), as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.