Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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-Apr 9: Unemployment claims pass 17 million in 4 weeks. President Trump says the nation is “at the top of the hill” in the crisis.  Two groups of viral historians report that the US COVID strain came via Europe, not China. The House Oversight and Reform Committee releases federal documents showing that the national stockpile of personal protective equipment is almost empty.

-Apr 10: The U.S. reports at least 2,074 COVID-19 deaths, the highest in a single day so far. Trump withdraws his pledge that the country will reopen by Easter. It has been a full year since the country has had a Senate-confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security. In a press conference, the president confuses the coronavirus with multi-drug resistant bacteria.*

Dr. John Campbell. Friday 10th April and Immunity, 2020.
Fed Up Eagle. Dr. Oz Discusses the Latest on the Coronavirus, 2020.–YBAGo.
CBS This Morning. Coronavirus vs. Flu: What’s the Difference?, 2020.
MOJO STORY. “The Germ Has Gotten Brilliant” Donald Trump, 2020.

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Bialek, Stephanie, Ryan Gierke, Michelle Hughes, Lucy A. McNamara, Tamara Pilishvili, and Tami Skoff. “Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children — United States, February 12–April 2, 2020.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 69, no. 14 (April 10, 2020): 422–26.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules — 2017-2018 Data from the American Time Use Survey,” September 24, 2019.
Chisholm, N. Jamiyla. “Mask Protection, But Not While Black,” April 9, 2020.
Katz, Josh, and Margot Sanger-Katz. “Deaths in New York City Are More Than Double the Usual Total.” The New York Times, April 10, 2020, sec. The Upshot.
Moore, Quianta, Joyce Beebe, and Zeinab Bakhiet. “Hidden Figures: The Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Low-Income Women and Their Children,” April 9, 2020, 7.
Murphy, Paul P., and Theresa Waldrop. “Detroit Hospital Workers Say People Are Dying in the ER Hallways before Help Can Arrive.” CNN, April 9, 2020.
Nyenhuis, Sharmilee M., Jerry A. Krishnan, Alalia Berry, William J. Calhoun, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Linda Engle, Nicole Grossman, et al. “Race Is Associated with Differences in Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asthma.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 140, no. 1 (July 1, 2017): 257-265.e11.
Reger, Mark A., Ian H. Stanley, and Thomas E. Joiner. “Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019—A Perfect Storm?” JAMA Psychiatry, April 10, 2020.
Vickers, Dr Selwyn M. “Black Medical Leaders: Coronavirus Magnifies Racial Inequities, with Deadly Consequences.” USA TODAY, April 10, 2020.
Young, Damon. “Masking While Black: A Coronavirus Story.” Washington Post, April 10, 2020.
Kopf, Dan. “Delivery Is the Fastest-Growing Job Industry in the US.” Quartz, March 7, 2020.
Gould, Elise, and Heidi Shierholtz. “Not Everybody Can Work from Home: Black and Hispanic Workers Are Much Less Likely to Be Able to Telework.” Economic Policy Institute (blog), March 19, 2020.
Stephens, Jeanie. “Video: Wood River Officer Made Men Leave Walmart Because They Wore Masks.” Alton Telegraph, March 24, 2020.
Peoples, Steve, and Scott Bauer. “Wisconsin Primary Disproportionately Impacted Minority Voters.” Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 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.