Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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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.*

Fed Up Eagle. Guiliani Slams WHO, China for Coronavirus Response, 2020.
CNN. Tapper Asks Fauci: Do You Think Lives Could Have Been Saved?, 2020.
Sanchez, Ray. “Coronavirus in Black America: Living in the Eye of a ‘Perfect Storm.’” CNN, April 11, 2020.
Hernandez, Nicole. “U.S. Has Most Coronavirus Deaths In The World.”, April 12, 2020.
Kell, Gretchen. “COVID-19’s Unequal Toll on Black Americans: A Q&A with Tina Sacks.” Berkeley News, April 11, 2020.
Lombardo, Keira. “Smithfield Foods To Close Sioux Falls, SD Plant Indefinitely Amid COVID-19 | Smithfield Foods.” Smithfield Foods, Inc. press room, April 12, 2020.
Lute, Marissa. “Gov. Noem, Mayor TenHaken Request Smithfield Foods Close Plant for 14 Days with More COVID-19 Cases per Capita in Sioux Falls than Seattle or Chicago.” KELOLAND News, April 11, 2020.
Mackay, Ian M. “Kits, Reagents and Viruses.” Virology Down Under (blog), April 12, 2020.
Maqbool, Aleem. “Why Are African Americans Hit so Hard by Virus?” BBC News, April 11, 2020, sec. US & Canada.
UFCW. “UFCW Calls on CDC to Issue Mandatory Guidance for Frontline Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak.” United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, 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.