Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Wednesday, March 11

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.*

ABC10. President Trump’s Oval Office Coronavirus Address, March 11, 2020.
World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Characterizes COVID-19 as a Pandemic, March 11, 2020.
ESPN. Jazz-Thunder Postponed Just before Tip-off | 2019-20 NBA Highlights, March 11, 2020.
NBC News. Coronavirus Expert Dr. Fauci, CDC Director Dr. Redfield Testify | NBC News (Live Stream Recording), March 11, 2020.
NBC News. Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison, Addresses Court | NBC News. Accessed July 31, 2021.

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Cacciola, Scott, and Sopan Deb. “N.B.A. Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus,” March 11, 2020.
Ducharme, Jamie. “How News Coverage of Coronavirus in 2020 Compares to Ebola in 2018.” Time, February 7, 2020.
Karni, Annie, and Maggie Haberman. “In Rare Oval Office Speech, Trump Voices New Concerns and Old Themes.” The New York Times, March 12, 2020, sec. U.S.
Markel, Howard, Harvey B. Lipman, J. Alexander Navarro, Alexandra Sloan, Joseph R. Michalsen, Alexandra Minna Stern, and Martin S. Cetron. “Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic.” JAMA 298, no. 6 (August 8, 2007): 644–54.
Trump, Donald. “Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation.” The White House, March 11, 2020.
Allen-Ebrahimian, Bethany. “In Global PR Campaign, China Deflects Blame for Coronavirus.” Axios, March 11, 2020.
Bik, Elisabeth. “Dr. Ai Fen, 艾芬, the Wuhan Whistle.” Science Integrity Digest (blog), March 11, 2020.
House Democrats. “House Democrats Introduce Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Ways and Means Committee – Democrats, March 11, 2020.
Murthy, Srinivas, Charles D. Gomersall, and Robert A. Fowler. “Care for Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19.” JAMA 323, no. 15 (March 11, 2002): 1499.
Tsai, Jack, and Michal Wilson. “COVID-19: A Potential Public Health Problem for Homeless Populations.” The Lancet Public Health 5, no. 4 (March 11, 2020): e186–87. “Coronavirus: COVID-19 Is Now Officially A Pandemic, WHO Says,” March 11, 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.