Mar 11: Trump announces he is suspending travel to U.S. from continental Europe (but not the UK). President Trump makes misstatements in his address about the U.S. policy. He states, for example, that the policy will “apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo.” The White House subsequently clarifies that trade and cargo are exempt from the ban. The Red Dawn email chain highlights health and disaster preparedness experts expresses dismay that the president said nothing about schools, work, or other public spaces. WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic. Fauci tells lawmakers that the novel coronavirus is perhaps 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu. The NBA suspends its season. A judge sentences sexual predator and film producer, Harvey Weinstein, to 23 years in prison.*
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ESPN Sources: NBA is discussing scenarios that include moving some games to cities that have yet to suffer outbreaks — including opponent arenas or neutral sites. https://t.co/i3wxmSMNyw— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 11, 2020
3. @kakape: "At best, suspending flights from Europe is completely pointless and a distraction."@Laurie_Garrett: "our govt has pulled up travel drawbridge to protect the U.S. castle. But the virus is here, the strategy failed. We need all out public health mobilization."— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) March 12, 2020
Jordan played thru the flu in the NBA Finals and gets praised. I pitch a game with the Corona Virus, and my whole team gets quarantined. Different era I guess…— Berto Carselle (@BCarselle) March 11, 2020
Blackhawks game on March 11. During that time Rudy Gobert got corona. And the NBA was officially canceled. People starting booking for the exits at the 2nd period break. It was an interesting experience. We all knew it was the last hockey game we would see for a while https://t.co/4tMAHeu47d pic.twitter.com/1fJJCeSLlM— William P Roberts VI (@willroberts1234) May 17, 2020
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight’s Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
🚨 BREAKING 🚨— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2020
"We have therefore made the assessment that #COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic"-@DrTedros #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/JqdsM2051A
* 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.