COVID-19 Timeline

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    The following timeline was created by the RSI Perception and Communication team. It focusses more on the perception and communication aspects of the pandemic though all statements are, to the best of the team’s knowledge, based on evidence and verified dates, places and people.

    COVID-19

    2019
    16 Nov 2019
    Known later: France had Covid-19 in November, hospital says after analysis of chest scans

    Known later: France had Covid-19 in November, hospital says after analysis of chest scans

    Covid-19 cases in France have now been dated back to as early as November 16, nearly 10 weeks before the country’s first confirmed cases of the disease were thought to have occurred, according to a French hospital. The November case was identified by the hospital’s medical imaging department after carrying out a retrospective study on about 2,500 chest scans performed between November 1 and April 30.
    1 Dec 2019

    Silent Killer?

    Officially, the first human cases of COVID-19 were first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. Retrospective investigations by Chinese authorities have identified human cases with onset of symptoms in early December 2019. Many of the initial patients were either stall owners, market employees, or regular visitors to this market. Environmental samples taken from this market in December 2019 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, further suggesting that the market in Wuhan City was the source of this outbreak or played a role in the initial amplification of the outbreak. Source: WHO.

    30 Dec 2019
    30 Dec 2019
    Dr. Li Wenliang alerts of SARS-like illness

    Dr. Li Wenliang alerts of SARS-like illness

    On Dec 30, 2019, Li Wenliang sent a message to a group of fellow doctors warning them about a possible outbreak of an illness that resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, where he worked. Meant to be a private message, he encouraged them to protect themselves from infection. Days later, he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau in Wuhan and made to sign a statement in which he was accused of making false statements that disturbed the public order.

    Source: The Lancet

    31 Dec 2019
    31 Dec 2019
    China alerts WHO

    China alerts WHO

    On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. As of 3 January 2020, a total of 44 patients with pneumonia of unknown etiology have been reported to WHO by the national authorities in China. Of the 44 cases reported, 11 are severely ill, while the remaining 33 patients are in stable condition. According to media reports, the concerned market in Wuhan was closed on 1 January 2020 for environmental sanitation and disinfection.

    The causal agent has not yet been identified or confirmed. On 1 January 2020, WHO requested further information from national authorities to assess the risk.

    National authorities report that all patients are isolated and receiving treatment in Wuhan medical institutions. The clinical signs and symptoms are mainly fever, with a few patients having difficulty in breathing, and chest radiographs showing invasive lesions of both lungs.

    According to the authorities, some patients were operating dealers or vendors in the Huanan Seafood market. Based on the preliminary information from the Chinese investigation team, no evidence of significant human-to-human transmission and no health care worker infections have been reported.

    Source: W.H.O.

     

    2020
    1 Jan 2020
    7 Jan 2020

    Canadians first advised not to worry based on current data

    “There has been no evidence to date that this illness, whatever it’s caused by, is spread easily from person to person; no health care workers caring for the patients have become ill; a positive sign.” Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. Dr. Tam later revised her recommendations.

    7 Jan 2020

    China declares virus is new

    The first identifier is 2019-nCoV

    8 Jan 2020
    CDC issues clinician alert

    CDC issues clinician alert

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring a reported cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology (PUE) with possible epidemiologic links to a large wholesale fish and live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. An outbreak investigation by local officials is ongoing in China; the World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead international public health agency. Currently, there are no known U.S. cases nor have cases been reported in countries other than China. CDC has established an Incident Management Structure to optimize domestic and international coordination if additional public health actions are required.

    This HAN Advisory informs state and local health departments and health care providers about this outbreak and requests that health care providers ask patients with severe respiratory disease about travel history to Wuhan City. Wuhan City is a major transportation hub about 700 miles south of Beijing with a population of more than 11 million people.

    Source: CDC

    11 Jan 2020
    12 Jan 2020

    China shares genetic sequence of novel coronavirus

    In record time, China openly shares genetic sequence of the virus.

    13 Jan 2020
    17 Jan 2020
    Public health screenings begin at SFO and other airports

    Public health screenings begin at SFO and other airports

    In coming days, the screening process results in backups that create an even more dangerous environment with thousands crowding into great physical proximity. The image shown here was taken in Chicago.

    21 Jan 2020
    23 Jan 2020
    23 Jan 2020
    23 Jan 2020
    24 Jan 2020
    24 Jan 2020
    24 Jan 2020
    Trump tweets thanking China for their transparency with COVID-19

    Trump tweets thanking China for their transparency with COVID-19

    In a series of tweets praising China, trump uses this one to emphasize his appreciation of China’s transparency, a fact he will go on to deny multiple times in coming weeks. This tweet, and many others, lay the groundwork for a confusing series of flip flops that will ultimately result in considerable message interference.

    25 Jan 2020

    First identified presumptive case of COVID-19 in Canada

    On January 25, the first identified presumptive case in Canada was a male in his 50s who travelled between Wuhan and Guangzhou before returning to Toronto on January 22. Canada issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to China due to the outbreak, including a regional travel advisory to avoid all travel to the province of Hubei. Federal health officials stated that the risk in Canada was low. Final testing conducted at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba confirmed the presumptive case on January 27. On January 29, Dr. Theresa Tam told Canadians that “It’s going to be rare (Covid 19), but we are expecting cases.”

    27 Jan 2020
    29 Jan 2020

    U.S.A. and Japan begin citizens’ evacuation from Wuhan

    A total of 195 passengers arrive in California from Wuhan.

    30 Jan 2020
    30 Jan 2020
    30 Jan 2020
    W.H.O. declares ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’

    W.H.O. declares ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’

    This is a formal declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”, formulated when a situation arises that is “serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected”, which “carries implications for public health beyond the affected state’s national border” and “may require immediate international action”. Under the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR), states have a legal duty to respond promptly to a PHEIC. The declaration is publicized by an IHR Emergency Committee (EC) of international experts, which was developed following the SARS outbreak in 2002–03.

    Since 2009, there have been six PHEIC declarations: the 2009 H1N1 (or swine flu) pandemic, the 2014 polio declaration, the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, the 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic, the ongoing 2018–20 Kivu Ebola epidemic, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations are temporary and require reviews every three months.

    31 Jan 2020

    Italy declares six-month emergency

    Prime Minister Conte gave an excessively optimistic message reassuring Italians that the country was well prepared for a public health emergency.

    31 Jan 2020
    2 Feb 2020
    2 Feb 2020
    2 Feb 2020
    3 Feb 2020
    China stock market collapse

    China stock market collapse

    Chinese stocks suffered their biggest one-day sell-off since 2015 on Monday, as anxiety continued about the economic fallout from the coronavirus epidemic.

    The Shenzen Component index (399001.SZ) fell 11.6% and the Shanghai Composite index (000001.SS) dropped 7.7%.

    Source: Yahoo Finance

    5 Feb 2020
    February 5 – cruise ship in quarantine

    February 5 – cruise ship in quarantine

    More than 3,600 passengers are quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. A large number of passengers test positive and the ship attracts global media attention.

    6 Feb 2020

    First U.S.A. death (initially believed to be Feb. 29)

    The earliest known U.S. death from COVID-19 occurred on February 6 in Santa Clara County, California, in a 57-year-old woman who died from complications caused by coronavirus which apparently led to a ruptured heart. This case was only confirmed months later, posthumously from tissue samples taken by the county coroner and sent to the CDC for testing, with infection estimated to have occurred several weeks earlier, in what has now been established as already at that early date being untraceable community-based spread, passed between people in the United States.

    7 Feb 2020

    Aircraft from Wuhan lands at CFB Trenton, Ontario, Canada

    On February 2, the Canadian Armed Forces announced that it planned to charter a plane to assist in the evacuation of Canadian nationals still in Wuhan once given authorization by China, intending to fly them to CFB Trenton for repatriation and medical screenings. Only those that had entered China with a Canadian passport would be allowed to take this flight. The first plane landed at CFB Trenton on February 7. Later, on February 21, a chartered flight of 131 Canadians who were quarantined aboard Diamond Princess after an outbreak on the cruise ship in Japan, and who all tested negative for the virus, were brought to CFB Trenton for additional screening before being transported by bus to the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario to be quarantined.

    7 Feb 2020

    Whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang dies

    Just over one month after announcing the presence of the new virus to the world, Dr. Li Wenliang dies of COVID-19 complications.

    11 Feb 2020

    W.H.O. names disease ‘COVID-19’

    On 11 February, following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases, WHO has named the disease, COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

    11 Feb 2020
    21 Feb 2020
    23 Feb 2020

    LOCKDOWN PERIOD BEGINS

    February 23 marks the beginning of multiple regional and national lockdowns starting with Italy’s lockdown which made the headlines worldwide.

    23 Feb 2020
    26 Feb 2020
    V.P. Pence announced as lead of U.S.A. Coronavirus Task Force

    V.P. Pence announced as lead of U.S.A. Coronavirus Task Force

    President Trump taps Vice President Mike Pence to lead the coronavirus task force in a moment of growing pressure. Stocks are dropping and President Trump needs to show he is elevating the federal response to the pandemic.

    A former Trump White House aide says Pence was the obvious choice, one of the few people left in the administration that Trump trusts, and someone with the stature to coordinate across agencies.

    It is the first truly high-profile ongoing assignment Pence has taken on for Trump and it represents both an opportunity and a risk for the former Indiana governor.

    29 Feb 2020

    Initially thought to be first U.S.A. death

    Was later revised earlier to Feb. 6, 2020.

    4 Mar 2020

    Canada announces Cabinet Committee

    During a visit to a Quebec electric-vehicle company, Prime Minister Trudeau announces the creation of a Cabinet Committee on the federal response to the coronavirus disease, chaired by Chrystia Freeland, “to limit the spread of the virus” and to protect “the health and safety of all Canadians.”

    6 Mar 2020
    10 Mar 2020
    11 Mar 2020

    Canada announces response fund

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a $1 billion response fund, including $500 million to go to provinces and territories, a $50 million contribution to the World Health Organization and an additional $275 million to fund COVID-19 research in Canada. Though small in comparison to later U.S. efforts, this commitment comes early in the pandemic and shows a commitment by Canada to challenge the spread of the disease.

    11 Mar 2020
    11 Mar 2020
    12 Mar 2020
    Prime Minister Trudeau announces self-quarantine

    Prime Minister Trudeau announces self-quarantine

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he would self quarantine after his wife Sophie Grégoire tested positive for COVID-19.

    13 Mar 2020

    Canadian Parliament to work from home

    Canadian Parliament agrees unanimously to shut its doors for five weeks because of COVID-19 signaling that the threat of COVID is being recognized at the highest levels of government.

    13 Mar 2020
    13 Mar 2020
    RSI announces temporary office closure

    RSI announces temporary office closure

    Informed by its own risk assessment, Risk Sciences International decides to close the Ottawa office and asks all staff to work from home.

    17 Mar 2020
    17 Mar 2020
    COVID-19 is confirmed in all 50 U.S.A. States

    COVID-19 is confirmed in all 50 U.S.A. States

    By today, March 17, the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States had grown to at least 6,510 cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. There are outbreak clusters in New York , Washington State and California, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking reports and confirming them with local health departments.

     

    17 Mar 2020

    District of Columbia and region start lockdown

    Despite downplaying by Federal authorities, the Mayor of Washington D.C. and the governors of Maryland and Virginia agree to a shutdown.

    Very quickly, signs begin appearing in stores throughout the Capital District region. At this point, many stores believe that they will be closed for only one or two weeks and say so in their signs. This will soon change.

    The closing of the Capital region goes viral and sends a signal to the rest of the world despite the President’s belittling of the crisis.

    20 Mar 2020
    French quarantine consideration questioned

    French quarantine consideration questioned

    Three days after the French Government imposes a national quarantine, citizens seem to be ignoring it nationwide. The press begins to cover it and creates a shaming movement that ultimately results, along with mortality figures, to reverse the trend.

    21 Mar 2020
    24 Mar 2020
    26 Mar 2020
    27 Mar 2020
    Rush hour in Bethesda during COVID

    Deserted streets during rush hour

    Photo taken on a Friday morning during what would normally be rush hour, outside the NIH offices in Bethesda, MD. This main thoroughfare would normally be bumper to bumper. Today it is deserted.

    27 Mar 2020
    31 Mar 2020

    Canadian jobs being lost

    The unemployment figures for the month of March were that the economy had shed 1,000,000 jobs, pushing the official jobless rate to 7.8%.

    31 Mar 2020
    1 Apr 2020
    Four country comparison — 1 April 2020

    Four country comparison — 1 April 2020

    Countries outside of China are still in denial. They see their numbers rising but are not conscious of the curve the are about to embark on in coming weeks. By now lockdown is being taken seriously, but was it perhaps too late?

    1 Apr 2020
    Thanking front line workers

    Thanking front line workers

    Throughout April and May, worldwide, people are thanking front line workers for their efforts

    8 Apr 2020
    8 Apr 2020
    Wuhan lifts lockdown

    Wuhan lifts lockdown

    Wuhan, China, lifted travel restrictions on April 8 after an 11-week lockdown that put the city in a virtual quarantine — not allowing people to leave or enter the city — in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    The city, where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported, began its lockdown Jan. 23. As restrictions were lifted, thousands made their way to the airport, train station or cars to leave the city. Others began to resume their daily lives again amid the new normal following the coronavirus outbreak in China.

    To date, there have been 3,213 deaths in Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, from over 64,800 reported cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    9 Apr 2020

    Canada releases new future estimates

    The Canadian government releases modeling that, even with strong public health measures, shows between 11,000 and 22,000 deaths over the course of the pandemic, with that number being closer to 300,000 deaths if no measures had been taken. Trudeau warns that “normality as it was before will not come back full-on until we get a vaccine for this”, and that residents will “have to remain vigilant for at least a year.”

    11 Apr 2020
    14 Apr 2020
    15 Apr 2020
    Protests to accelerate reopening begin in U.S.A.

    Protests to accelerate reopening begin in U.S.A.

    In the capital cities of Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina, hundreds of conservatives staged mass protests on Wednesday against social distancing orders—and top right-wing media figures are cheering them on. Despite coronavirus causing over 30,000 deaths in America alone, the pro-Trump and largely mask-less protesters, some of whom flew Confederate flags and open-carried AR-15 and AK-47 variants, gathered to demand an end to outbreak-reduction efforts and a premature return to normalcy.

    15 Apr 2020
    Four country comparison — 15 April 2020

    Four country comparison — 15 April 2020

    Numbers are not where they will be in one month, on 15 May, but they are quickly accelerating, to the point of being highly disturbing. By now, the U.S.A. has surpassed 25,000 dead.

    20 Apr 2020

    Georgia begins wave of reopening announcements

    Some governors in the South have begun loosening restrictions put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus despite not having met the Federal Government’s recommendations including a two-week decline in new cases.

    On April 20, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp granted businesses across the state permission to reopen later this week, an announcement echoed by a handful of other Republican governors who are beginning to lift stay-at-home orders.

    Kemp’s decision, which will apply to barbershops, gyms and other businesses that include close contact, comes days after President Donald Trump issued guidelines to reopen state economies. Protesters across the country have been gathering at rallies outside state capitals demanding an end to shutdown orders.

    26 Apr 2020
    Reopening protests spread to Canada

    Reopening protests spread to Canada

    Approximately one week after protests broke out in the U.S.A., people take to the streets in Vancouver, B.C., to demand reopening the economy.

    1 May 2020
    Four country comparison — 1 May 2020

    Four country comparison — 1 May 2020

    By May 1, deaths and cases have stabilized in China. The U.S. is far and away leading in cases and deaths. For the size of the country, Spain, as well as Italy and France, are now suffering. Canada is affected but able to keep numbers per capita reasonably low.

    1 May 2020

    Social distancing becomes the norm

    Social distancing signage has begun replacing the closing signs. This includes restaurant signs offering curbside service and signs preventing people from entering a public space without a face mask.

    4 May 2020

    Some Canadian provinces begin to reopen

    Several provinces began to slowly loosen lockdown restrictions on Monday as Ottawa pledged CDN $850 million for the international fight against COVID-19.

    Quebec, which accounts for more than half of Canada’s coronavirus cases, including deaths from the illness, was reopening retail stores outside Montreal while those in the greater Montreal area are to reopen next Monday.

    Ontario, the other virus epicentre, was allowing a few mostly seasonal businesses to reopen, including garden centres with curbside pickups, lawn care and landscaping companies, and automatic car washes.

    Some believe that this reopening is premature.

    5 May 2020
    15 May 2020
    Four country comparison – 15 May 2020

    Four country comparison – 15 May 2020

    Clearly, the U.S.A. has far outpaced all other countries, regardless of population size. By now, the United States is both first in cases and deaths with, by May 15, 2020, over 85,000 dead. All indications at this time are that the U.S.A. will surpass 100,000 dead by the end of the month.

    22 May 2020
    CDC issues new guidelines for faith gatherings in the U.S.A.

    CDC issues new guidelines for faith gatherings in the U.S.A.

    Following on President Trump’s appeal to reopen places of faith, CDC issues new guidelines. There is fear that his encouragement to gather will rekindle the pandemic in the country. This said, others are wondering why places of faith are any different from other business that are being encouraged to open.

    22 May 2020

    Worldwide, deaths pass 333,333

    Today, the world’s COVID-19 death toll passed a numerical milestone.

    22 May 2020

    Lancet publishes Hydroxychloroquine study dispelling its effectiveness

    A large-scale study suggests chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine don’t help treat COVID-19, and it may even be harmful. Today, the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet published a paper analyzing data from thousands of patients who took the drugs. Their patients’ outcomes were no better than those of people who didn’t take hydroxychloroquine — in fact, they were more likely to die or develop an irregular heartbeat.

    Source: The Lancet

     

    25 May 2020

    George Floyd death

    The death of George Floyd, under the knee of an arresting officer in Minneapolis, U.S.A., kicks off weeks of protest across the nation and the world. Epidemiologists fear that the ensuing mass demonstrations will contribute to a re-energizing of the spread of COVID-19.

    27 May 2020
    U.S.A. deaths pass the 100,000 mark

    U.S.A. deaths pass the 100,000 mark

    Today, at 5:50 PM, Johns Hopkins University announced that, based on people tested, the U.S.A. had suffered 100,047 deaths from COVID-19

    29 May 2020

    D.C. starts to reopen

    Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that today marked the progressive reopening of the District of Columbia. Among the first reprieves was the opening of outdoor restaurant terraces, indoor seating is still forbidden.

    1 Jun 2020
    Terrace dining

    Terrace dining

    As part of the U.S.A.’s progressive reopening, D.C. has authorized terrace eating. Silver Diner, among others, have started promoting their partial doorreopening.

    As part of their effort to reassure guests, Silver Diner has published a comprehensive background paper here.

    7 Jun 2020
    8 Jun 2020
    8 Jun 2020
    W.H.O. announces that asymptomatic transmission is rare

    W.H.O. announces that asymptomatic transmission is rare

    W.H.O. today confused the world by announcing that asymptomatic transmission is rare after months of telling everyone that masks are critical to the stop of the spread. The W.H.O. announcement also failed to explain if there was a greater risk for pre-symptomatic transmission.

    8 Jun 2020

    New Zealand declares itself COVID-free

    Today, the government of New Zealand officially announced that, as of yesterday, there were no more known cases of COVID-19 anywhere in New Zealand. All efforts would now turn to controlling the entry of new cases from abroad.

    9 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    Dr. Anthony Fauci disagrees with W.H.O. asymptomatic announcement

    Dr. Anthony Fauci disagrees with W.H.O. asymptomatic announcement

    Dr. Fauci announced his disagreement with W.H.O.’s June 8 announcement that there was insufficient data to determine that COVID-19 is highly spread by asymptomatic people causing continued confusion.

    11 Jun 2020
    15 Jun 2020

    THE RELAPSE BEGINS

    Both in the United States and Brazil, the two countries with the highest COVID-19 infections and deaths worldwide, premature reopenings have led to a sharp reversal of the national curves. In both countries, high records are being set, notably in the U.S. southern states.

    16 Jun 2020

    “Don’t let your guard down”

    Widespread global calls are growing for citizens, businesses, and governments to be weary of letting their guard down. For example, southern U.S. states are showing alarming signs of substantially increasing numbers following early re-opening. To make the point, today, the W.H.O. announced that for the past two weeks, there have been over 100,000 new cases daily worldwide.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    20 Jun 2020

    Trump holds campaign rally in Tulsa

    Despite widespread objection, the Trump campaign held a large indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just as Tulsa County infections are spiking. Authorities fear this will be a super-spreader event.

    21 Jun 2020

    Spain reopens borders with EU

    The Spanish state of emergency began March 14, 2020.

    21 Jun 2020
    Brazil reaches 1 million infected

    Brazil reaches 1 million infected

    As of today, Brazil and the U.S.A. are the only two countries to pass the one million infected mark.

    23 Jun 2020

    U.S.A. death toll reaches 120,000

    This number is reached amid continued election rallies by the Trump re-election campaign, and an alarming increase in cases in the southern states.

    23 Jun 2020

    Worldwide, confirmed cases reaches 9 million people

    To date, 9,000,000 have tested positive for COVID-19.

     

    29 Jun 2020

    Major statistics milestones

    This past weekend, the world passed several major statistical milestones:

    World

    • 10 million confirmed cases. CDC says the number could be up to 20 times higher both in the U.S.A. and worldwide
    • 500,000 deaths confirmed caused by COVID-19

    U.S.A.

    • 2.5 million confirmed cases
    • 125,000 deaths
    7 Jul 2020

    U.S. sets single day record

    Today, the United States set a new single day record with a daily tally of 60,000 new confirmed cases for the day.

    20 Jul 2020
    Europe announces stimulus

    Europe announces stimulus

    European Union leaders have agreed on a landmark stimulus plan to boost Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The 750 billion euro (almost $858 billion) deal will create reforms to help businesses rebound from the pandemic, roll out new measures to reshape economies in the long term, and create investments to help protect from “future crises.” It also will allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in grants and loans to member states.

    20 Jul 2020

    U.S.A. death toll passes 140,000

    While most of the rest of the world recovers, the United States continues to falter. As of today, the death count has passed 140,000. The President continues to downplay the pandemic.

     

    23 Jul 2020

    U.S.A. surpasses 4 million confirmed cases

    Despite limited access to testing and very long delays to obtain results, the United States today passed the 4,000,000 confirmed cases mark.

    27 Jul 2020

    Calls increasing for shutdown in U.S.A. and Brazil

    Civil society is increasing pressure for the U.S.A. and Brazil to shutdown entirely as the death toll in the U.S.A. approaches 150,000. Multiple national media in both countries are amplifying this call.

    27 Jul 2020
    First Phase 3 clinical trials

    First Phase 3 clinical trials

    Today, Moderna began conducting the first Phase III clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine.

    30 Jul 2020
    U.S.A.: 150,000 have died

    U.S.A.: 150,000 have died

    The US reached a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic as more than 150,000 people have died.
     

    3 Aug 2020

    500,000 Cases in CA

    California becomes the first U.S. state to reach 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    9 Aug 2020

    5,000,000 million cases in the U.S.A.

    Today, the United States passed 5,000,000 confirmed cases. Most health officials believe the real number of infected people to be much higher. Of note, it took 99 days for the U.S. to go from zero to 1,000,000 cases. It only took 17 days to go from 4 to 5 million.

    10 Aug 2020
    Brazil hits two grim milestones

    Brazil hits two grim milestones

    Today, Brazil passed the 3,000,000 confirmed cases mark and 100,000 dead from COVID-19.

    11 Aug 2020
    20 million cases confirmed worldwide

    20 million cases confirmed worldwide

    As of today, Johns Hopkins University reports that there are 20 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide and there are 737,000 deaths so far.

    13 Aug 2020

    750,000 dead worldwide

    Today, the world passed 750,000 dead from a virus that had claimed zero lives as of February of this year.

    14 Aug 2020
    Worldwide school openings at risk

    Worldwide school openings at risk

    According to the World Health Organization, one reason schools cannot rush to reopen is their lack of basic hand-washing capacity with (in 2019) 2 of 5 schools worldwide lacking

    14 Aug 2020

    Alarm bells are ringing

    The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, Health Canada, and multiple health agencies worldwide are warning governments and citizens that Autumn of 2020 could be disastrous. This happens as professional and college sports are relaunching their seasons and as multiple school boards and commissions re-open schools. Health authorities are also concerned of the nexus of Covid-19 and the seasonal flu.

    25 Aug 2020
    CDC weakens testing guidelines

    CDC weakens testing guidelines

    In a move that many are denouncing as unacceptable, the Centers for Disease Control today discreetly changed its testing guidelines suggesting that people without symptoms would not need testing unless they were at high risk or counseled to do so by a medical professional. The news has two troubling implications. From a pandemic standpoint, this demonstrates that the government is seeking to lower the number of people testing just when the scientific community is appealing for an increase. The second troubling aspect is the way it was done. Rather than announcing the guidelines change, it was discreetly entered as an edit on the CDC.gov website. During a public health crisis, this conflicts with every accepted rule of good risk and public health communication.

    2 Sep 2020

    Rushing to get a vaccine distributed

    Today, the CDC has told public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October. There is concern that this date is being artificially set to favor the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Scientists are calling for all vaccine candidates to complete their Phase III trials before being considered for release.

    3 Sep 2020
    Pharma companies vow to not cut corners

    Pharma companies vow to not cut corners

    Today the major global pharmaceutical companies issued a joint statement vowing not to cut corners with any potential COVID-19 vaccine. Going against an apparent move by the U.S. administration to rush the vaccine, perhaps before the U.S. presidential election, the pharmaceutical companies vowed to respect all safety and testing protocols. “We will not cut corners,” Pfizer chief Albert Bourla told reporters. The virtual meeting, which included many other Pharma CEOs was hosted by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA).

    3 Sep 2020
    Canada’s top doctor makes sex and covid statement

    Canada’s top doctor makes sex and covid statement

    Canada’s top doctor dispensed some important sexual education today for those attempting to date during a pandemic: consider wearing a mask during sex. Dr. Theresa Tam put out a statement Wednesday that covered how best to keep yourself safe from COVID-19 while engaging in sexual intercourse.
    “Sexual health is an important part of our overall health,” she said in the statement. “However, sex can be complicated in the time of COVID-19, especially for those without an intimate partner in their household or whose sexual partner is at higher risk for COVID-19.”

    12 Sep 2020
    Canada reports first day with zero deaths

    Canada reports first day with zero deaths

    Canada has reported that yesterday (Friday 11 September, 2020) the country had zero deaths from COVID-19. To date, Canada has lost 9,163 people to the virus.

    18 Sep 2020
    30 Million

    30 Million

    More than 30 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 943,515 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.4 million people have recovered.

    20 Sep 2020

    Updated CDC guidance on transmission

    Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes.

    Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”

    The page still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.”

    21 Sep 2020

    CDC confusion

    CDC has reversed the guidance it issued Sunday. The guidance spoke of a quasi-aerosol property of COVID-19. It now claims that guidance was a simple mistake.

    22 Sep 2020

    AUTUMN BEGINS

    Today marks the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Some are predicting what is being called a ‘Twindemic’ – the confluence of a winter-strengthened COVID-19 with seasonal influenza.

    22 Sep 2020
    USA: Grim milestone

    USA: Grim milestone

    Today, the United States passed the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. By far, the USA now has the highest Coronavirus death toll in the world.

    28 Sep 2020

    1 Million dead worldwide

    Today, the world passed the grim milestone of 1,000,000 dead from the COVID-19 virus. Of note, over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera combined. And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.

    2 Oct 2020
    President and First Lady test positive

    President and First Lady test positive

    Overnight, President Donald Trump and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. The President announced it himself over Twitter just before 1AM. Yesterday (Thursday) it was announced that Hope Hicks, who works closely with the President, had tested positive. At this time, it is unsure how, where or when the President contracted the virus.
     

    2 Oct 2020
    President Trump hospitalized

    President Trump hospitalized

    This evening, President Donald Trump was airlifted from the White House to Walter Reed medical center after testing positive for COVID-19 Thursday.

    10 Oct 2020

    Trudeau: We’re at a tipping point

    On Friday, Oct. 9, jurisdictions around Canada reported 2,558 new cases of COVID-19, which marks the largest single-day spike the nation has recorded throughout the pandemic. It surpasses the 2,437 cases that were announced a day earlier.

    If people don’t start to limit their contacts, we could be seeing up to 5,000 cases a day by late October to early November, according to the latest modelling data that was presented Friday by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

    “We’re at a tipping point in this pandemic,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while reflecting on the rise in cases nationwide.

    11 Oct 2020
    Highest 24-hour increase in France

    Highest 24-hour increase in France

    In France, 26,896 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours — another record high for a daily increase in cases. The numbers were updated late Saturday on the French Health Authority website.

    On Friday, 20,339 new cases were reporting, breaking the 20,000-cases-in-a-day threshold. The positivity rate (number of people testing positive) also keeps climbing. It now stands at 11%, up from 7.6% on October 1 and 4.3% on September 1.

    The number of people hospitalized in the ICU is also rising. As of Saturday night, 1,456 people were in intensive care, which is eight more than the day before, according to the French Health Authority website.

    13 Oct 2020

    News avalanche

    After a period of moderate news items, there is a sudden upsurge of COVID-related news items, coinciding with a clear uptick in cases worldwide as the northern hemisphere faces cooling weather. Below is just a sampling of today’s news items.

    • UK: intensive care units are filling up at an extraordinary rate
    • South Korea: has ordered a nationwide mask mandate
    • Johnson & Johnson: A late-stage study COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot
    • Russia: has reported its highest daily coronavirus fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 244 deaths in the past 24 hours, but said it had no plans to reintroduce a lockdown
    14 Oct 2020

    Eli Lilly pauses trial

    Shortly after Johnson & Johnson announced their Phase III pause, Eli Lilly has announced that, based on the discovery of an adverse event, they will temporarily pause their own clinical trial.

    15 Oct 2020

    Six cities in France: four-week curfew

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered a nighttime curfew for Paris and eight other French cities to contain the spread of Covid-19 after daily new infection rates reached record levels. He said new daily coronavirus cases must be brought down to “3,000 or 5,000”, from current levels, which have reached up to almost 27,000. Anyone found to be outdoors during the curfew without special authorisation would face a fine of €135, and more than 10 times that sum for repeat offenders, Macron said.

    15 Oct 2020
    Russia approves second vaccine

    Russia approves second vaccine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a vaccine developed by Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Center, a former Soviet bioweapons research lab, has received regulatory approval. Russian officials said that a third vaccine could be approved in December.

    Photo: A Covid-19 vaccine is administered in Russia / Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

    25 Oct 2020

    Europe out of control

    France announced a daily record for coronavirus infections and Italy imposed the toughest restrictions on its population since ending its spring lockdown, as Europe’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic threatened to spin out of control.

    Italy, struggling with an explosive rise in infections and approaching 20,000 confirmed cases a day, on Sunday announced the closure of all bars and restaurants at 6 p.m., the suspension of many sports and leisure activities, and a return to online lessons for high-school students.

    COVID-19 INTERACTIVE DATA CHARTS

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    The charts below are provided courtesy of Our World in Data.

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    Chart preset: Multiple countries | Daily vs. total confirmed deaths

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