-Apr 21: Republicans and Democrats reach a deal on another coronavirus relief package, totaling $484 billion. A California autopsy finds 1st known U.S. coronavirus death was Feb. 6. Hundreds of Amazon and Target workers start a nationwide wave of sickouts to call attention to what they described as inadequate efforts to protect employees. The Senate Intelligence Committee releases a bipartisan report confirming that Russia interfered in the 2016 election aiming to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
-Apr 22: Dr. Rick Bright, the infectious disease expert who led the effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine, leaves his position as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Bright says he was dismissed because he opposed efforts to back an unproven coronavirus treatment, hydroxychloroquine, pushed by President Trump. Polls show Americans overwhelmingly support leaving stay-at-home orders in place. Reportedly out of frustration with Sec. Azar’s lack of agency coordination, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council convenes his own meetings with HHS agency leaders. In a leaked phone recording the same week, Stephen Miller, a senior advisor to the President and key architect of President Trump’s immigration platform, tells conservative allies that, “the most important thing is to turn off the faucet of new immigrant labor.” *
I witness a wild pig in the park today. My little dog Yue, ever the protector, barks feverishly for a few seconds, pauses, and runs in the other direction. It feels like a mixed signal, given that today is Earth Day. On the one hand, it is wonderful to see wildlife in the park. Thanks to the pandemic, car and airplane traffic have nearly ceased. Water and air pollution has shrunk dramatically. Residents of Jalandhar, India, can see the snow-capped Himalayas from their homes for the first time in decades. Noise pollution, too, is down, appreciated by whales and birds.
But that pig also stands as a warning. Feral pigs are a symbol of an environment that is out of balance as they spread through spaces, killing vegetation and making it hard for local wildlife to survive. We are still facing an environmental crisis. Massive animal die-offs are still occurring, like the koalas in Australia’s awful fires that happened last January.
I follow my dog’s advice and walk in the other direction, trying not to think about the metaphorical significance of my retreat.
 Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, “Traffic and Pollution Plummet as U.S. Cities Shut Down for Coronavirus,” The New York Times, March 22, 2020, sec. Climate, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/22/climate/coronavirus-usa-traffic.html.
 Kathleen Schuster, “Coronavirus Lockdown Gives Animals Rare Break from Noise Pollution | DW | 16.04.2020,” Deutsche Welle, April 16, 2020, https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-lockdown-gives-animals-rare-break-from-noise-pollution/a-53106214. Helen Briggs, “How the Pandemic Is Putting the Spotlight on Wildlife Trade,” BBC News, April 6, 2020, sec. Science & Environment, https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52125309.
 Emmanuel Felton, “The Coronavirus Meme About ‘Nature Is Healing’ Is So Damn Funny,” BuzzFeed News, April 7, 2020, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmanuelfelton/coronavirus-meme-nature-is-healing-we-are-the-virus. Martha Henriques, “Has Coronavirus Helped the Environment?,” April 22, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200422-how-has-coronavirus-helped-the-environment.
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Here is Dr. Rick Bright's full statement, just emailed out by the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks which will be representing him as he files a whistleblower complaint.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 22, 2020
(First reported by @maggieNYT) pic.twitter.com/oQ3j9Z17SK
Pictures of the Potomac River after a month of quarantine. Proof that we are the virus pic.twitter.com/HyhgTm7fxL— Justin Rocha (@justinrocha00) April 13, 2020
This photo of the Hudson River was taken yesterday. The earth is healing. We are the virus. pic.twitter.com/QDTizi2i6Q— Mark Lee (@meesterleesir) April 12, 2020
the crocs are finally returning to rivers, nature is healing. we are the virus pic.twitter.com/bXWuJG5PyQ— CapriCornyCait♑️ (@CapriCornyCait) April 27, 2020
The paper towels are returning to their natural habitat. Nature is healing. We are the virus. 😌 pic.twitter.com/254EzOHgPQ— 🐁 gay rodent 🐁 (@verminhands) April 26, 2020
the cows are finally returning to the ocean. nature is healing. we are the virus. pic.twitter.com/UfJo73PgPm— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) April 22, 2020
Bla bla “nature is healing” yada yada “we are the virus” etc. pic.twitter.com/ZJgCxCJkU3— DW News (@dwnews) April 22, 2020
Wildlife is finally returning to Britain’s streets. Nature is healing 😍✌️ pic.twitter.com/p4xYmf1oPx— James Felton (@JimMFelton) April 4, 2020
The pasta is returning to its natural habitat. Nature is healing, we are the virus pic.twitter.com/EeMn8joYHp— Richie Nakano (@linecook) April 5, 2020
the next time I see someone tweet “we are the virus” I’m gonna FLIPalthough emissions will go down this year, concentration will keep rising. and 2020 is still on course to be record-breaking hottest year to date https://t.co/hG7eoBPGNG — Jasmin 🌸 (@JasminIrisha) April 27, 2020
In Los Angeles, birds are returning that we haven’t seen locally in more than fifty years. Nature is healing and so forth. pic.twitter.com/ysUnDiKsLe— ϻ𝔞Ⓡ𝔨 𝐇𝑜Ƥ𝐩ย𝓼 (@markhoppus) April 21, 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.