Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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-Apr 26: Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, warns that Americans will have to continue avoiding crowds for several months. Trump lashes out at the New York Times for reporting that he spends most mornings watching cable television and arrives at the Oval Office as late as noon.  In full page ads in major national newspapers, Tyson Foods warns that “the food supply chain is breaking” and grocery stores are facing meat shortages.

-Apr 27: The U.S. passes 1,000,000 total coronavirus cases as worldwide total passes 3,000,000.  In a 2-page memo titled, “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights,” Attorney General Bill Barr instructs all 94 United States Attorney Offices to monitor state and local emergency responses that violate “the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” He says that the Department will bring cases in federal court against “overreach” by state and localities.Trump declares that there will be new pressure put on state governors to develop their own plans for developing further testing. “The testing is not going to be a problem at all,” he says. New York cancels its Democratic presidential primary, endorsing Biden as a matter of course. The Washington Post releases data showing that excess deaths rose by 154,000 in March, as routine medical tests plummet. This correlates with our research. The White House cancels Coronavirus Task Force briefings. Mississippi and Montana ease stay-at-home orders. The Washington Post reports that President Trump received more than a dozen classified briefings from U.S. intelligence agencies warning about potentially devastating political and economic fallout from the COVID-19 coronavirus in January and February. Trump says he would consider billing China for the damages done by the pandemic.*

NBC News. New York Doctor On Front Lines Of Coronavirus Pandemic Dies By Suicide | NBC Nightly News, 2020.
Focus on the Family. Youth Suicide Related to the COVID-19 Crisis, 2020.
WCNC. President Donald Trump Coronavirus News Conference (April 27, 2020), 2020.

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Amadeo, Kimberly. “Is the 2020 Stock Market Crash One of the Worst?” The Balance, April 27, 2020.
AP News. “Nursing Home Workers Threaten Strike in Midst of Pandemic.” AP News, April 27, 2020.
Dearlove, Bethany, Eric Lewitus, Hongjun Bai, Yifan Li, Daniel B. Reeves, M. Gordon Joyce, Paul T. Scott, et al. “A SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Candidate Would Likely Match All Currently Circulating Strains.” BioRxiv, April 27, 2020, 2020.04.27.064774.
Goldsmith, Jack, and Andrew Keane Woods. “Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal.” The Atlantic, April 27, 2020.
Harris, Elizabeth A. “‘It Was Just Too Much’: How Remote Learning Is Breaking Parents.” The New York Times, April 27, 2020, sec. New York.
Hing, Geoff, and Tom Scheck. “Public Health Labs Suffered Budget Cuts Prior to Coronavirus,” April 27, 2020.
Hirtzer, Michael, and Jen Skerritt. “Americans on Cusp of Meat Shortage With Food Chain Breaking Down.” Bloomberg.Com, April 27, 2020.
Knibbs, Kate. “The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing How People Buy Books.” Wired, April 27, 2020.
Kolata, Gina. “Arthritis Drug Did Not Help Seriously Ill Covid Patients, Early Data Shows.” The New York Times, April 27, 2020, sec. Health.
New York Post (Fox News Coverage). “Top New York City ER Doctor Commits Suicide, Shaken by Coronavirus Onslaught.” Text.Article. New York Post, April 27, 2020.
Rogers, Michelle. “Fact Check: Hospitals Get Paid More If Patients Listed as COVID-19, on Ventilators.” USA TODAY, April 27, 2020.
Silver-Greenberg, Jessica, David Enrich, Jesse Drucker, and Stacy Cowley. “Large, Troubled Companies Got Bailout Money in Small-Business Loan Program.” The New York Times, April 26, 2020, sec. Business.
Sun, Litao, Yongming Tang, and Wei Zuo. “Coronavirus Pushes Education Online.” Nature Materials 19, no. 6 (April 27, 2020): 687–687.
The New Yorker. “24 Hours at the Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic.” The New Yorker, April 27, 2020.
Hancock, Jay, Phil Galewitz, and Elizabeth Lucas. “Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19.” Kaiser Health News (blog), April 10, 2020.
Watkins, Ali, Michael Rothfeld, William K. Rashbaum, and Brian M. Rosenthal. “Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Virus Patients Dies by Suicide.” The New York Times, April 29, 2020, sec. New York.
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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.