Aug 12: Almost 1,500 people die from COVID today. The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, threatens to retaliate against Russia if the reports of Russian bounties on American heads in Afghanistan are true. Investigators from Kaiser Permanente publish their findings showing that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 to 44 kg/m2 have a risk of death from COVID-19 that is more than twice that of individuals whose BMI is 18.5 to 24 mg/m2.
Aug 13: Still a presidential nominee, Joe Biden calls on all governors to require their citizens to wear masks anytime they go out in public through November, and he claims he will mandate the practice if elected. At this point, there are a reported 165,000 deaths from COVID-19, and the measure is estimated to save 40,000 lives in the coming months. President Trump says that he opposes critical funding Democrats want for the United States Postal Service because he doesn’t want it spent on mail-in voting. “They want three and a half billion dollars for something that’ll turn out to be fraudulent, that’s election money basically … But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting,” New jobless claims fall below 1 million for the first time since March. The Senate adjourns until September, still with no Coronavirus relief bill. President Trump praises the author of a Newsweek op-ed that falsely suggested that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) might not be eligible to be vice president,
Aug 14: The United States Postal Service warns that delays could prevent voters’ mail-in ballots from being counted this November in almost every state. Former President Barack Obama urges lawmakers to fight against what he called President Trump’s attempt to “actively kneecap the Postal Service.”
Aug 15: The federal agency issues an EUA for SalivaDirect, a test developed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health that is less invasive compared with the current standard nasal swabs. With shorter wait times not affecting test sensitivity, labs can reportedly run 90 test samples, which are collected in sterile containers, in under 3 hours. Heat, fires, and rolling blackouts continue to plague California.
Aug 16: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) says that she is calling the House back from recess to vote on proposed legislation seeking to prevent the U.S. Postal Service from reducing service levels and causing mail delays ahead of the November election. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill reports its fourth cluster of COVID cases since the semester began less than a week ago.
Aug 17: In just 4 days, there’s been a 3.2% uptick in COVID-19–related deaths, to 170,434, giving the disease a No. 3 ranking behind heart disease in the top spot and cancer at No. 2. Deaths now exceed 1000 per day and nationwide cases exceed 5.4 million. Testing has dropped off by an average 68,000 per day, despite death being 8 times more likely in the United States vs in Europe. The virtual Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama headlines. UNC-Chapel Hill in-person classes after one week. Polls show Biden’s lead over Trump narrowing. U.S. District Judge Frederic Block rejects a Trump administration push to roll back protections for transgender patients against discrimination by health-care providers and health insurance companies.
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This is a text which was sent directly from the teacher to the person who posted the tweets above. pic.twitter.com/sLphnTx2KI— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) August 11, 2020
USA: We can't go back to normal until there's a vaccine.— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) August 17, 2020
Meanwhile, in Wuhan, where the virus originated:pic.twitter.com/VzZTxYC8Gn
Whitefish, Montana: This anti-mask lady just intentionally coughed on a couple. Twitter, do your thing…pic.twitter.com/i4T47hPHAg— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 1, 2020
You know Cristina Gomez from her anti-mask tirade at a Palm Beach County board meeting, accusing everyone of pedophilia.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 14, 2020
One month before that, she wasn't even a Trump fan.
What changed? Facebook groups and YouTube.https://t.co/AkfedPpsyn pic.twitter.com/cddDGtw9Ds
Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial. I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work. – ALW #SaveOurStages @nivassoc pic.twitter.com/pIcYZJPLps— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) August 13, 2020
The arguments anti-mask advocates use are nearly identical to what anti–seat belt lobbyists used https://t.co/SJgyuT6NfE— CNN (@CNN) August 8, 2020
Way back in 1918 there were folks who also refused to wear masks. There was even an “anti-mask league” – and they had rallies. The spanish flu ended up killing over 675,000 Americans. History is good teacher. Please wear a mask.🌎❤️ pic.twitter.com/tevigK7dNM— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 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.