Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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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.*

Smith, Jennifer. “Customs Is STILL NOT Screening Passengers from Coronavirus Hot-Spots.” Mail Online, March 6, 2020.
NBC News. Dr. Fauci Explains How Coronavirus Spreads, Why It’s More Serious Than Common Cold Or Flu | NBC News. Accessed July 31, 2021.
Factbase Videos. Interview: Sean Hannity Interviews Donald Trump Via Telephone – March 4, 2020, 2020.
Factbase Videos. Interview: Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Host a Town Hall with Donald Trump – March 5, 2020, 2020.
Majestic 12. Senator Schumer Makes a Threat to Supreme Court Justices March 4, 2020, 2020.

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Bedford, Trevor. “Cryptic Transmission of Novel Coronavirus Revealed by Genomic Epidemiology.” Bedford Lab, March 2, 2020.
Ent, Michael R., and Mary A. Gerend. “Cognitive Dissonance and Attitudes toward Unpleasant Medical Screenings.” Journal of Health Psychology 21, no. 9 (2016): 2075–84.
Meyer, Robinson, and Alexis C. Madrigal. “Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing.” The Atlantic, March 6, 2020.
Walsh, James D. “Inside the Desperate Scramble for N95 Masks.” Intelligencer, March 5, 2020.
Kennedy, Jamie. “Coronavirus Containment: Who Is Being Screened at Atlanta’s Airport?” CBS46 News Atlanta, March 3, 2020.
Lee, I-K., C-C. Wang, M-C. Lin, C-T. Kung, K-C. Lan, and C-T. Lee. “Effective Strategies to Prevent Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in Hospital.” The Journal of Hospital Infection 105, no. 1 (March 3, 2020): 102–3.
PBS NewsHour. “Your Guide to Understanding COVID-19,” March 4, 2020.
Corbett, Kelly. “Coronavirus Has Prompted Toilet Paper Gate and the Comeback of… Reusable Toilet Paper.” House Beautiful, March 5, 2020.
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 (March 5, 2020): 970–71.
Russell, Ruby. “Coronavirus and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Crises.” Deutsche Welle, March 5, 2020.
PBS NewsHour. “MAP: Watch How COVID-19 Traveled the World,” March 5, 2020.
Pappas, Stephanie. “Kids Do Get the Coronavirus — They Just Don’t Get as Sick.”, March 6, 2020.
U.S. Department of Justice. “Former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Indicted on Theft of Government Property and Scheme to Defraud the United States Government,” March 6, 2020.
Wang, Cuiyan, Riyu Pan, Xiaoyang Wan, Yilin Tan, Linkang Xu, Cyrus S. Ho, and Roger C. Ho. “Immediate Psychological Responses and Associated Factors during the Initial Stage of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Epidemic among the General Population in China.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 5 (March 6, 2020): 1729.
Wenham, Clare, Julia Smith, and Rosemary Morgan. “COVID-19: The Gendered Impacts of the Outbreak.” The Lancet 395, no. 10227 (March 6, 2020): 846–48.
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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.