-Mar 14: FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor informs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that the White House did not invite him to join the joint-Coronavirus Task Force until the week of March 16, in advance of his appearance before Congress. The Wall Street Journal later reports that Sec. Azar hesitated for weeks to involve FEMA “telling associates he wanted to keep control of the response and that including FEMA would further complicate the administration’s efforts.” Azar denies and tells the Journal that he invited FEMA’s participation in early February. The House passes a coronavirus bill, stocks soar in response to government action, Louisiana postpones its presidential primary, the Masters golf tournament and the Boston marathon are postponed. Spain goes into nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Georgia postpones its presidential primary.
Mar 15: U.S. cases surge over 3,000. New York orders public schools closed. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have one-on-one debate without audience. Georgia postpones its presidential primary, American Airlines reduces flights, the Vatican closes Holy Week.
Mar 16: The President announces Social Distancing Guidelines to be in place for two-weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 2,997.10, the largest single-day point drop ever, amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates to near zero.
Everything shuts down.
Movie box offices have a 20-year low, kids stay home from school and begin to learn over Zoom. Fast food joints, restaurants, bars, and gyms close seating spaces. NASCAR announces it is stopping. News emerges that Mardi Gras in New Orleans was a “super spreader event.” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) orders the state’s health department to keep all polling places closed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among voters and poll workers. Trump says he is doing “ten out of ten” in handling the crisis. Zoom introduces itself to the American consciousness as the one way we will all talk, work (if we can), go to school, see our family, and connect outside our homes. San Francisco orders people to “shelter in place. First tests for a vaccine begin. A new Gallup poll finds that 60 percent of Americans are “very” or “somewhat worried” about coronavirus exposure, up from 36 percent in February. Amazon announces it will hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge. Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice six times faster than they were in the 1990s, NASA says.*
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Q: How would you rate your response to the coronavirus on a scale of 1 to 10?President Trump: “I would rate it a 10.” — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 16, 2020
Everyone, young and old, needs to act now to slow the spread of COVID-19. The best thing Americans can to do fight coronavirus? #coronavirus https://t.co/JL1zzFvjTI— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 16, 2020
Dr. Fauci stated 15-20% of people who contract Covid-19 require hospitalization. Many need ventilators. I asked a doctor what happens if a patient can’t get a ventilator. He said the patient will die. This is why I joined @RepAndyLevin’s letter to @POTUS.https://t.co/P7GCjiSK2x— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 16, 2020
here are some zoom backgrounds for you pic.twitter.com/WHaevDBvIa— Maxim Leyzerovich (@round) March 16, 2020
Somehow, assembling 16 people to say we should only gather in groups of 10 seems thoroughly Trump. https://t.co/Uin8xTMqOf— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) March 16, 2020
In January, German scientists developed the first test for COVID-19 and the World Health Organization offered the test to countries around the world and 60 countries accepted. We were not one of them. https://t.co/SQJV4OxQKy— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) March 16, 2020
Universities: END THE TERM. No online learning. END IT. Give everyone a mark of Pass. How are you going to assess students who've left the country, or are self-isolating, or don't have Zoom-worthy internet service, or are caring for sick friends, or are bloody terrified, or…— David Madden (@davidjmadden) March 16, 2020
Maybe worth considering chloroquine for C19 https://t.co/LEYob7Jofr— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2020
The Coronavirus is very real, and we are taking it seriously; however, some on the left are using this issue to politicize and take advantage of the vulnerabilities of the American people. We ask that the media take responsibility and stop stoking fear and causing panic!— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) March 16, 2020
When H1N1 spread rapidly across the country, we don’t remember Governors demanding Citizens to stay home, and businesses closed. If the Media think that Americans can’t sense there is an underlined agenda going on, they have another thing coming. We know BS when we smell it!— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) March 16, 2020
Past Presidents, Congress and big business selling us out to Communist China for years NO SURPRISE#Trump2020 #KAG2020— America First Patriot Karen (@KblairTrump) March 16, 2020
first zoom lecture today and holy shit pic.twitter.com/3pLZv2Sphp— ˗ˏˋ ryn ˎˊ˗ (@onlineryn) March 16, 2020
* 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.