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December 2019 - May 2020
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that watched the pandemic unfold in far-away places
are now experiencing the crisis first hand.
More than two-thirds of rural counties
have confirmed at least one case.
had the highest per capita infection rate
in the nation, rural or urban.
More than 100 attendees
at a ski event earlier in the month had tested positive,
nd dozens of healthcare workers had fallen ill.
Hundreds of rural counties
were seeing their first reported cases.
The town of Cynthiana
in rural Harrison County
appeared to be the epicenter of the crisis
a cluster of cases emerged
in Colorado ski country.
were among the earliest in the rural U.S.
to record clusters of cases,
but that would soon change.
Almost two weeks later and 3,000 miles away,
officials in Grafton County, N.H.,
announced a positive test for a healthcare worker
who had recently traveled to Italy.
At that point, there were just 104 cases nationwide
and no other rural counties had reported cases.
Humboldt County in Northern California
was the first rural county to report a case, on Feb. 20,
a month after the virus first reached the U.S.
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USA > Timeline > February
By the last week of February,
it was clear
to the administration’s public health team
that schools and businesses in hot spots
would have to close.
But in the turbulence
of the Trump White House,
it took three more weeks
to persuade the president
that failure to act quickly
to control the spread of the virus
would have dire consequences.
When Dr. Robert Kadlec,
the top disaster response official
at the Health and Human Services Department,
convened the White House coronavirus task force
on Feb. 21,
his agenda was urgent.
There were deep cracks
in the administration’s
strategy for keeping the virus
out of the United States.
They were going
to have to lock down the country
to prevent it from spreading.
The question was: When?
There had already been an alarming spike
in new cases around the world
and the virus was spreading
across the Middle East.
It was becoming apparent
that the administration
had botched the rollout of testing
to track the virus at home,
and a smaller-scale surveillance program
intended to piggyback
on a federal flu tracking system
had also been stillborn.
the president was not worried,
predicting that by April,
“when it gets a little warmer,
it miraculously goes away.”
His White House had yet
to ask Congress for additional funding
to prepare for the potential cost
of wide-scale infection across the country,
and health care providers
were growing increasingly nervous
about the availability of masks,
ventilators and other equipment.
Italy > Timeline
was scheduled to lift on April 3,
but officials extended it
because the country was still reporting
thousands of new infections daily.
and most shops nationwide
were finally ordered to close.
Factories halted nonessential production.
All outdoor activities were banned.
Parks were closed.
Nearly three weeks
after the first case in Lodi was reported,
the prime minister banned
all nonessential movement
across the entire country on March 10.
But the rules of the lockdown were unclear,
and enforcement was spotty.
A surge of new cases
persuaded the government
to lock down much of the north on March 8,
restricting the movement
of roughly 16 million people.
But the order leaked early,
and many people fled the area
before it took effect.
Milan’s landmark cathedral
opened back up to tourists.
Some of the city’s museums reopened, too.
Cases continued to climb,
topping 2,000 across the country.
reluctant to fully freeze
the region known
as Italy’s economic engine,
played down the threat of the virus.
The mayor of Milan unveiled a campaign,
“Milan Doesn’t Stop,”
allowing bars to remain open
in the evenings.
As the virus spread,
the Italian government created two “red zones”
around 10 towns in Lodi
and around the town of Vo’ in Padua province,
effectively quarantining 50,000 people.
Officials closed schools, museums and theaters
and canceled religious and sporting events,
as more cases were reported across northern Italy.
Cafes and bars were allowed to stay open until 6 p.m.
Italy’s first coronavirus death
was recorded in the neighboring Veneto region.
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its first case of local coronavirus transmission
in a 38-year-old man on Feb. 20.
A cluster of cases in Lodi,
a province in the country’s north,
all appeared to be connected to him.
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Many of the first known cases clustered
around a seafood market in Wuhan, China,
a city of 11 million and a transportation hub.
Four cases grew to dozens
by the end of December.
Doctors knew only
that the sick people had viral pneumonia
that did not respond to the usual treatments.
The true size of the outbreak
was much larger even then
— an invisible network
of nearly 1,000 cases,
or perhaps several times more.
(Estimates from Trevor Bedford,
University of Washington,
and Lauren Gardner,
Johns Hopkins University)
With each patient
infecting two or three others on average,
even a perfect response
may not have contained the spread.
But Chinese officials did not alert
the public to the risks in December.
It wasn’t until Dec. 31
that they alerted the World Health Organization
and released a statement — and a reassurance.
“The disease is preventable and controllable,”
the government said.
The timing of the outbreak
could not have been worse.
Hundreds of millions of people
were about to travel back
to their hometowns
for the Lunar New Year.
Here’s how people moved around on Jan. 1,
according to a Times analysis of data
published by Baidu and major telecoms,
which tracked the movements
of million of cell phones.
At least 175,000 people left Wuhan
just on that day, we found.
The departures from Wuhan
accelerated over the next three weeks.
About 7 million people left in January,
before travel was restricted.
Thousands of travelers were infected.
By the time Chinese officials acknowledged
the risk of human-to-human transmission on Jan. 21,
local outbreaks were already seeded
in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities.
Two days later,
the authorities locked down Wuhan,
and many cities followed in the next few weeks.
Travel across China nearly stopped.
But local outbreaks
were already growing quickly.
As the outbreak
moved across China in early January,
international travel continued as normal.
Thousands of people
flew out of Wuhan to cities around the world.
Over 900 people went to New York
every month on average,
based on recent trends …
… over 2,200 to Sydney …
… and over 15,000 people went to Bangkok,
the most popular destination.
That’s where the first known overseas case
appeared in mid-January,
a 61-year-old woman
who traveled from Wuhan to Bangkok
despite having a fever,
headache and a sore throat.
Other early cases turned up
in Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong.
The U.S. confirmed its first case near Seattle.
About 85 percent of infected travelers
went undetected, researchers believe.
But they were still contagious.
It was only at the end of January
that Wuhan was placed under a lockdown
and airlines started canceling flights.
By Jan. 31,
when the United States announced
it would shut down entry
from China for non-Americans,
travel out of Wuhan had basically stopped.
It was too late.
Outbreaks were already growing
in over 30 cities across 26 countries,
most seeded by travelers from Wuhan.
The virus started spreading locally,
moving easily in confined spaces
like churches and restaurants,
and infecting people who had not traveled to China
— the start of a pandemic.
By March 1,
thousands of cases were reported
in Italy, Iran and South Korea.
China was no longer
the main driver of the outbreak.
as China started systematically testing,
tracing and isolating patients,
new cases there declined dramatically,
showing that it was possible to slow the virus.
Similar measures slowed the spread
in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.
In the United States,
where testing has lagged,
President Trump suspended
most travel from Europe.
“The virus will not have a chance against us,”
But by then,
the virus had a secure foothold.
It continued to spread locally
throughout parts of Seattle,
New York City and across the country,
once again outpacing efforts to stop it.
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As the overall death toll passed 360,
a quarantine is being expanded in Wuhan,
the central Chinese city
where the coronavirus began.
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The United States set its advisory at Level 4,
which represents the highest safety risk.
The World Health Organization
said the virus represents a risk outside of China.
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