Apr 11: A New York Times expose reveals that advisors warned President Trump about coronavirus’ high lethality very early in the year but he elected to downplay that knowledge. All 50 states (Wyoming being the last) are under a disaster declaration for the first time in U.S. history. The IRS starts sending out stimulus checks: individuals with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000 receive $1,200, and couples get $2,400 plus $500 per child.
Apr 12: Easter. Dr. Anthony Fauci says there was “a lot of pushback” in February to enacting federal coronavirus social distancing guidelines, and, “You could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.” Violent storms kill 8 people in the South. A federal judge rules that Alabama can’t use the pandemic to ban abortions. Smithfield Foods in South Dakota announces that it will shut a U.S. pork plant indefinitely because of a coronavirus outbreak among workers. Disney World furloughs 43,000 employees. New York City’s death toll passes 6,000.*
Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages during pandemic https://t.co/Jap7pdXF2H pic.twitter.com/DtZsqtssDj— Reuters (@Reuters) April 12, 2020
Communism dominates today’s Catholic Church leadership. Shockingly inhumane.— PolDisc (@PolDisc) April 12, 2020
HHS secretary Alex Azar "directly warned Trump of the possibility of a pandemic during a call on Jan. 30, the second warning he delivered to the president about the virus in two weeks. The president…responded that Mr. Azar was being alarmist."https://t.co/kPpynGNNyX— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 11, 2020
One of America's largest pork processing plants closes due to coronavirus.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 12, 2020
A Smithfield Pork processing plant in South Dakota is closing after 240 of its employees fell ill with COVID-19https://t.co/Fl4jKP9lGl
1) this virus has increased risks for any places that have people in close proximity (hint think vegetable production)— Londyn Robinson, MD (@londyloo) April 13, 2020
2) I have family that work at this plant and your viewpoint is very callus.
3) while it is fine choice for people to go vegan, ENTIRE FARM FORCE NEEDS PPE.
HE CAN’T SEE PAST HIS NOSE. CHINA MAKES 70% OF OUR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. THEY OWN SMITHFIELD, SUPPLY ALL OF OUR RETAILERS. THEY HAVE VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT #COVID19 THEY BUY OUR BONDS. WE NEED THEM. He’s pressed on a WH official using the term “Kung flu” pic.twitter.com/UP6gwDnPaz 08— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) April 12, 2020
It carries an implicit message that those “on the front lines” signed up for this, and they are bravely offering their lives and services to save us all.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 2020
The only way the American government’s response to coronavirus resembles a war is in the political expedience of poor, working class, and Black communities.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 2020
Yes, many medical professionals are fueled by compassion and a desire to heal the sick. But no one feels like a “hero” being compelled to work without PPE, hazard pay, sick leave, nationalized health insurance or workplace testing while unemployment rates skyrocket.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 2020
Hero is a word we falsely sing to ourselves when people are *being sacrificed* as opposed to voluntarily sacrificing for a cause.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 2020
It is a cruel trick to refuse policies that will keep low-wage workers alive and then praise them for dying first during a pandemic.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 2020
Essential workers deserve more than us calling them our heroes; they deserve to be delivered from man-made horror.— Hurt Vonnegut (@TrulyTafakari) April 12, 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.