Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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-Apr 7: President Trump removes Glenn Fine (who served under Bush and Obama, as the chair of the Inspector General of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a committee in charge of overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. President Trump threatens to withhold money from the WHO. He also suggests that the WHO may have adverse political motivations and is “China-centric.” Acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly, resigns after the recordings of his mocking of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier surface.

-Apr 8: In response to Trump’s comments the day before, WHO Director, General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declares : “The goal of all countries should be to save their people. Don’t politicize this virus … No need to use COVID to score political points. You have many other ways to prove yourselves.” New York suffers its highest single day of deaths with 779 new fatalities in the past 24 hours. In response to Trump’s claim that you don’t have anything to lose in taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society warn in a joint guidance that the drugs are not for everyone. A “volunteer” in Jared Kushner’s coronavirus response group submits a complaint to the House Oversight Committee about the group. The complaint alleges that the group is under-qualified, under-staffed, resorts to favoritism when awarding contracts, and uses personal emails. Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race. Attorney General Bill Barr says on Fox News that his department will “be keeping a careful eye” on whether states violate Americans’ constitutional rights through public health measures to address the pandemic. He also says that the mainstream media outlets are waging a jihad to discredit Trump and hydroxychloroquine. *

U.S. Department of State. April 8, 2020 | Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, 2020.
Fox News. Barr Talks China’s Global Impact in Exclusive “Ingraham Angle” Interview, 2020.

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Bear, Laura. “Doubt, Conflict, Mediation: The Anthropology of Modern Time.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 20, no. S1 (2014): 3–30.
Conrad, Rachel, Harika Rayala, Rebekah Diamond, Bianca Busch, and Nicole Kramer. “Expanding Telemental Health in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Psychiatric Times, April 7, 2020.
Guyer, Jane I. “Prophecy and the near Future: Thoughts on Macroeconomic, Evangelical, and Punctuated Time.” American Ethnologist 34, no. 3 (2007): 409–21.
Jones, Katie. “How COVID-19 Has Impacted Media Consumption, by Generation.” Visual Capitalist, April 7, 2020.
Mordock, Jeff. “House GOP Demands Answers on Kennedy Center Layoffs after It Received $25M in Stimulus Aid.” Congressman Fred Keller, April 7, 2020.
PhD, Adrien Burch. “Why Gauze Masks ‘Failed’ in 1918 — And What We Can Do Better.” Medium, April 7, 2020.
Reuters. “False Headline Claim: Harvard Professor Arrested for Creating and Selling the New Coronavirus to China.” Reuters, April 7, 2020.
Ringel, Felix. “Can Time Be Tricked?: A Theoretical Introduction.” The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 34, no. 1 (March 1, 2016): 22–31.
Stafford, Kat, Meghan Hoyer, and Aaron Morrison. “Outcry over Racial Data Grows as Virus Slams Black Americans.” AP News, April 8, 2020.
Thebault, Reis, Andrew Ba Tran, and Vanessa Williams. “The Coronavirus Is Infecting and Killing Black Americans at an Alarmingly High Rate.” Washington Post, April 7, 2020, sec. National.
Thebault, Reis, Andrew Ba Tran, and Vanessa Williams. “The Coronavirus Is Infecting and Killing Black Americans at an Alarmingly High Rate.” Washington Post, April 7, 2020, sec. National.
Uria, Daniel. “CDC: Essential Workers Can Return to Work If They Are Asymptomatic.” UPI, April 8, 2020.
Wu, Xiao, Rachel C. Nethery, Benjamin M. Sabath, Danielle Braun, and Francesca Dominici. “Exposure to Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality in the United States: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study.” MedRxiv, April 7, 2020, 2020.04.05.20054502.
Zimmet, Marc, Josh Silverberg, Ari Stawis, and Michael Greenfield. “The Society for Healthcare Organization Procurement Professionals: Emergency, Unfunded, Marginal PPE Costs Incurred by Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Centers Treating COVID-19 Patients,” April 7, 2020.
Jentzen, Summer. “Tips For Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Lockdown.” Anxiety Mama (blog), March 24, 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.