COVID-19 Pandemic Categories: 01-January, 02-February, 03-March, 04-April, 12-December, Biological Timelines: Natural Disasters


December 31, 2019-Ongoing:

Cases of pneumonia with unknown causes were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), with 44 total cases reported by January 3, 2020. The outbreak was tracked and linked to exposure at a fish market in Wuhan City, China and on January 7, 2020 a new type of coronavirus was identified (2019-nCoV). Within a month, 2019-nCoV (COVID-19) was identified in four countries–China (278 cases), Thailand (2 cases), Japan (1 case) and South Korea (1 case). (WHO)

On March 11, 2020 the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO. As of March 20, 2020 the “number of confirmed cases worldwide has exceeded 200,000. It took over three months to reach the first 10,000 confirmed cases, and only 12 days to reach the next 100,000 (WHO). Countries and cities are responding to the pandemic by implementing Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Home practices in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease.

*Currently, the situation is ongoing, with daily Situation Reports being published by the WHO and the CDC.

Impact:

*AS OF MARCH 20, 2020:

  • Globally–209,839 confirmed cases; 8,778 deaths
  • United States–15,219 confirmed cases; 201 deaths (CDC)

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