Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Mar 7: President Trump says he is “not concerned at all” about the novel coronavirus, after it was reported an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week tested positive. 

Mar 8: Confirmed cases in the U.S. top 500. In an interview on 60 Minutes, Dr. Fauci states that he does not recommend that everyday Americans wear masks.Fauci says that Americans might have to stop attending large gatherings to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures plummet by as much as 1,300 points, or nearly 5 percent. Twitter  uses its new “manipulated media” label for the first time, assigning it to deceptively edited video of former Vice President Joe Biden, seeming to say that “we can only elect Donald Trump.” It is retweeted by President Trump. *


Dr. Jennifer Caudle, “5 Things You Shouldn’t Believe About Coronavirus,” Facebook, March 8, 2020,

60 Minutes. March 2020: Dr. Anthony Fauci Talks with Dr Jon LaPook about Covid-19, 2020.

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Hoffman, Kelly M., Sophie Trawalter, Jordan R. Axt, and M. Norman Oliver. “Racial Bias in Pain Assessment and Treatment Recommendations, and False Beliefs about Biological Differences between Blacks and Whites.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 16 (April 19, 2016): 4296–4301.
Hutchins, Sonja S., Kevin Fiscella, Robert S. Levine, Danielle C. Ompad, and Marian McDonald. “Protection of Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations During an Influenza Pandemic.” American Journal of Public Health 99, no. S2 (October 1, 2009): S261–70.
Zambian Eye. “African Blood Resist Corovirus,” February 15, 2020.
Fang, Bin, Linlin Liu, Xiao Yu, Xiang Li, Guojun Ye, Juan Xu, Ling Zhang, et al. “Genome-Wide Data Inferring the Evolution and Population Demography of the Novel Pneumonia Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).” Preprint. Evolutionary Biology, March 7, 2020.
Kopf, Dan. “Delivery Is the Fastest-Growing Job Industry in the US.” Quartz, March 7, 2020.
Shear, Michael D., Sheri Fink, and Noah Weiland. “Inside Trump Administration, Debate Raged Over What to Tell Public.” The New York Times, March 7, 2020, sec. U.S.
Hixenbaugh, Mike. “Scientists Were Close to a Coronavirus Vaccine Years Ago. Then the Money Dried Up.” NBC News, March 8, 2020.
CDC. “Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” March 8, 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.