This page will be constantly updated with the most up-to-date information available on coronavirus from the CDC, WHO, NIH and Johns Hopkins. Last Updated: 3/14/20
Coronavirus History and Timeline
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged from the Wuhan Province of China on December 1, 2019.
- The virus’ genome was completely sequenced on Jan 3, 2020, and named ‘2019-nCoV’ – later referred to as COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus or Wuhan Coronavirus
- On January 8, Chinese scientists announced the discovery of the new coronavirus (novel coronavirus).
- Thailand reported the first case of COVD-19 on January 13. The patient was a Chinese woman who lived in Wuhan and had arrived in Bangkok on Jan 8.
- On Jan 20, Chinese scientists announced that they had discovered two additional strains of 2019-nCoV (COVID-19) demonstrating that the virus had already mutated into additional strains.
- The United States reported its first case of 2019-nCoV on January 21st
- January 22: China finally quarantines the Greater Wuhan area, North Korea closes its borders
- January 24: Russian Far East closes border with China
- January 27: U.S. CDC raises travel advisory to China to level 3 “Avoid All Non-Essential Travel”
- January 30: U.S. CDC raises travel advisory for China to level 4 “Do not travel”. The State Department begins evacuation of non-essential personnel. Washington State declared a Level 1 Health Emergency as the deal with 9 patients under investigation for COVID-19
- Jan 31: U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency – anyone arriving from the Hubei province is to be quarantined for 14 days.
- Feb 29: U.S. announced travel ban from Iran due to COVID-19 and a travel warning for Italy
- March 11: United States bans all travel, effective 12:00 AM 3/13/20, from the European Union with the exclusion of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- March 12: New York bans all gatherings of over 500 people. California and Oregon ban all gatherings of more than 250 people. Israel announces all schools and universities on Friday. U.S. Organizations cancel just about everything.
- March 13: President Trump declares a National Emergency over coronavirus pandemic
Current Disease Statistics for Coronavirus
- Global Infections: 145,369
- Global Deaths: 5,429
- Global Mortality Rate: 3.7%
- U.S. Infections: 2,176
- U.S. Deaths: 47
- U.S. Mortality Rate: 2.2%
*statistics from Johns Hopkins University, WHO, CDC, NIH
For comparison: The CDC estimates that the seasonal flu (influenza) has infected at least 34 million, hospitalized more than 350,000 and killed at least 20,000 people during the 2019-2020 season.
Mortality Rates in Hotspot Regions
- China: 3.9%*
- Italy: 7.2%
- Iran: 4.5%*
*statistics provided by these governments are suspect and likely worse than reported
U.S. States with Coronavirus Deaths
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- Washington State: 37
- California: 6
- Florida: 2
- Georgia: 1
- Kansas: 1
- New Jersey: 1
- South Dakota: 1
U.S. Economic Impact of Coronavirus
The intensity of constant coverage of COVID-19 has caused people, companies, markets and organizations to panic and likely overreact. Seasonal influenza has been responsible for the infection and deaths of far more Americans than novel coronavirus, but the economic damage due to media bias is significant and ongoing.
The U.S. Stock Market officially entered bear market territory on March 11, 2020, having lost 20% of its value from market highs.
Cruiselines: Viking and Princess Cruises have suspended operations indefinitely.
Airlines: Delta to cut international capacity by 25% and domestic seats by 10%, instituted hiring freeze and suspending stock repurchase. American Airlines to cut international capacity by 10% and domestic by 7.5%. United will cut 20% of flights.
Disney: Both Disneyland and DisneyWorld are closed indefinitely
Washington D.C.: D.C. Metro service will be reduced to weekend schedules 24/7, Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo closed indefinitely. Capitol closed to the public, Senate offices closed.
New York City: Broadway shows, Smithsonian Museums closed.
Boston: Boston Marathon postponed
NCAA: The NCAA regional and national Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments have been canceled
NRA: 2020 Intercollegiate Championship canceled
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NBA: Season suspended
NHL: Season suspended
MLB: Season suspended
MLS: Season suspended
NFL: Several teams stop air travel for scouts/coaches during the off-season
PGA: Players Championship canceled, Masters tournament postponed
NASCAR: Races to be held with no fans in stands
AMC Theaters: Cutting capacity by 50%
Broadway: All performances canceled until at least April 12.
Coachella: Postponed from March to September
Stagecoach: Postponed until fall
Ultra Music Festival: Canceled
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Canceled
New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Canceled
How COVID-19 Has Impacted 2020 Elections
- CNN has moved the March 15 debate from Phoenix, AZ, to their studios in Washington, D.C. There will be no audience and no “spin rooms” for other media outlets to interact with the candidates, staff or attendees
- Biden and Sanders both canceled planned rallies in Cleveland, Ohio
- The Trump campaign has postponed all rallies and large events
Other Impacts from COVID-19
- The U.S. Government will hold the G7 meeting virtually instead of in Pittsburgh.
- Universities move to online classes, keep students at home
- The U.S. Senate has canceled the March recess to work on coronavirus-related policy and closed Senate offices
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