Mar 3: Vice President Pence announces that the CDC will lift federal restrictions on testing for the coronavirus. “Today we will issue new guidance from the CDC that will make it clear that any American can be tested, no restrictions, subject to doctor’s orders,” informs the Vice President. Biden wins 10 states in the presidential primary. At least 25 people are killed after 13 tornadoes strike Nashville area. The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates by half a point in response to losses caused by COVID. Trump files a libel suit against the Washington Post
Mar 4: California Gov. Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency after the state reported its first death from the coronavirus. The United States conducts its first airstrike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since signing a peace deal with the Islamist militant group four days earlier.
Mar 5: Public health officials confirm at least 52 new coronavirus infections in the U.S. Sanders and Biden are the only two real contenders left for the Democratic presidential nomination. Most other contenders have dropped out. President Trump says in a Fox News town hall on Thursday that his impeachment “damaged” former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Mar 6: President Trump signs an $8.3 billion emergency spending package to combat the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of global cases hit 100,000. President Trump falsely claims that any American who wants a COVID-19 test can get a test. “Anybody that wants a test can get a test,” he says to reporters after a tour of the CDC in Atlanta. “That’s what the bottom line is.” Austin, Texas, cancels the SXSW conference and festivals amid the coronavirus concerns, following the cancellation of other high-profile events across the country. Vice President Mike Pence announced that 21 people aboard the Grand Princess, a cruise ship being held off the coast of California, tested positive for the coronavirus.*
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This is NOT GOOD. No Plan B for the failure of CDC’s first wave of #Covid_19 testing!?! So typical of Trumplandia. Frightening. Yet another reason the Trumpsters must go. Increasingly a matter of life or death.https://t.co/dGN8o7slxz— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 3, 2020
In this clip, Trump: 1. Denies WHO’s coronavirus death rate based on “hunch” 2. Calls coronavirus “corona flu” 3. Suggests it’s fine for people w/ Covid-19 to go to work 4. Compares coronavirus to “the regular flu,” indicating he doesn’t get the difference pic.twitter.com/uC9c03zX31— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 5, 2020
CNN March 4:— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) April 16, 2020
“the flu right now is far deadlier. So if you’re freaked out at all about the coronavirus you should be more concerned about the flu"
"15,000 people roughly have already died of the flu this season. Couple years ago, 60,000 people died of the flu." pic.twitter.com/Rk46GooN5H
pic.twitter.com/Du36qWWInI — Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 3, 2020
Trump tries to find a silver lining to the coronavirus during Fox News town hall: “I have to say, people are now staying in the United States, spending their money in the US — and I like that.” pic.twitter.com/lbERhrSq6t— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 5, 2020
We are doomed.#coronavirus #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/Pey8CNyCOT — Asian American Conservative (@FactcheckingCon) March 4, 2020
Trump is having a North Carolina rally tonight.He has told his followers that his rallies are -for reasons unknown – “very safe” from COVID-19 North Carolina has no testing kits. These people could be walking into crowds where 100s of asymptomatic people are already infected. — Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 2, 2020
Have spoken w readers who have elderly relatives who are resisting social distancing precautions because they’ve heard on Fox News that COVID-19 is overhyped; hospital doctor in red state who says she assumes it must not be that serious since prep is so much less than for H1N1.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 5, 2020
This is why you should cancel.https://t.co/x2jMCjASSs— Under The Sink (@NFWeinstein) March 3, 2020
According to Korea Center for Disease Control, worship practices of— Prasanna Viswanathan (@prasannavishy) February 24, 2020
Shincheonji Church of Jesus contributed to the spread of virus. Members are expected to kneel in tight rows and aren’t allowed to cover their faces with items like glasses or face masks.https://t.co/d8JROhXOmP
* 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.