-Mar 31: U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, capping their worst first quarter since the 2008 financial crisis
-Apr 1: The national death toll jumps by more than 1,000 in a single day. Vice President Mike Pence says the CDC and China were largely responsible for the Trump administration’s slow response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The reality is that we could’ve been better off if China had been more forthcoming.” “I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus,” Pence says. Wimbledon is cancelled.
-Apr 2: 6.6 million people file for jobless benefits in the U.S. The U.S. Navy on Thursday relieved Captain Brett Crozier as commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Two days earlier, he sent a scathing letter to his superiors demanding “decisive” steps to protect his sailors from a coronavirus outbreak on board. Number of coronavirus cases worldwide passes 1 million. Multiple states continue to resist implementing stay-at-home orders as the Trump administration continues to reject calling for nationwide stay-at-home orders. The same day, President Trump blames state governors for supply shortages in their states. “Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government,” he says. Later that day, Jared Kushner says that the national stockpile is not for states. California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, among other states report that the federal government is seizing their PPE supplies. FEMA denies the charges.
-Apr 3: During a coronavirus task force briefing, Trump states, “I said it’s going away and it is going away.” The CDC recommends Americans should wear masks in public. New York City calls on all healthcare workers to come out of retirement to aid overwhelmed hospitals. *
A few days ago, a group of armed vigilantes chopped down a tree and dragged it across a driveway to trap two construction workers in their rental house. This was on the island of Vinalhaven, an hour ferry-ride off the coast of Maine. Apparently, the construction workers are from New Jersey, and local residents feared they brought coronavirus with them. Believe it or not, the annals of New England history contain many similar stories during disease outbreaks. For instance, dreaded smallpox struck Boston in the 1730s, and townsfolk in nearby Marblehead fenced in their village and raised an armed militia to defend against Bostonians. When their own educated ministers argued for inoculation instead of violence against outsiders, fifty men formed a mob to burn down their houses and run these ministers out of town. Unbelievably, a nearly identical sequence of events occurred there again a generation later, in 1774.
We Americans have a disturbing tendency to fashion ‘us’ and ‘them’ factions during a time of spreading disease. I suppose it’s a species of the debate between individualism versus upholding the common good. In the 21st century, you would think we would all see the obvious weaknesses of factionalism, individualism, and paranoia about the ‘other’ during a pandemic. But, historically at least, that does not appear to be the case. Maybe we’ve learned some lessons, though, and will change our tendencies in the face of COVID-19.
 Judy Harrison, “Report: Men with Guns Cut down Tree, Block Driveway to Quarantine Vinalhaven Residents,” Bangor Daily News, March 28, 2020, https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/28/news/report-men-with-guns-cut-down-tree-block-driveway-to-quarantine-vinalhaven-residents/.
 “The 1730 and 1774 Marblehead Riots Against Smallpox Inoculation,” New England Historical Society (blog), February 4, 2015, https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/1730-1774-marblehead-riots-smallpox-inoculation/.
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Breaking via NBC: The Navy is expected to announce it has relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and said that sailors need to be quarantined to stop the spread of the virus. https://t.co/8Y8CL45Rsa— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 2, 2020
‘Let me feel safe’ — This nurse stood her ground and quit her job after being asked to work in a COVID-19 unit without a mask pic.twitter.com/13bhs8meNP— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 1, 2020
Coronavirus Crisis Intensifies on Rikers Island https://t.co/mnrsCEXYfA— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) April 2, 2020
NEW: Michigan is now reporting the racial breakdown of COVID-19 cases. So far, 10,791 positive cases have been reported & 417 deaths. Of that, African Americans account for 35% of cases & 40% of deaths. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 14.1% of MI’s population is black. pic.twitter.com/3e4dKIusFB— Kat Stafford (@kat__stafford) April 2, 2020
My grandma died from COVID-19 in Michigan this morning. We took this photo three months ago. She was a gentle soul. Rest In Pradise Granny. I love you. #Michigan ❤️ #MichiganStrong pic.twitter.com/ifhYLTBikr— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) April 2, 2020
A lesson for all journalists covering Covid-19. https://t.co/Jjy7ZjUgRG— Andrew Neil (@afneil) April 2, 2020
California farmworkers provide more than 1/3 of the country’s vegetables & 2/3 of its fruits. Workers are considered "essential" but many are undocumented, lack health insurance & don’t qualify for federal COVID-19 relief. Here are the challenges they face https://t.co/0Ov4gRZLys— Esmeralda Bermudez (@BermudezWrites) April 1, 2020
On the 31st March , I lost my grandma to COVID-19 and words couldn’t describe the feeling💔 [A Christian testimony] pic.twitter.com/bAg0FPFGNL— ROTY🏁 (@jlavish10) April 2, 2020
“We're at war with COVID-19, we're at war with terrorists, and we are at war with the drug cartels . . . We're the United States military and we will defend our country." —General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs pic.twitter.com/hHDPBcgf6b— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) April 1, 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.