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One Year Later…

It has been over one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Drastic circumstances forced humans to rethink, adjust, and adapt to a different kind of normal. A year later, vaccinations are being distributed globally, but new strains of the virus have been detected. Despite this, the last 12 months have delivered some success thanks to the tremendous efforts of medical professionals and scientists from all ends of the globe. Here’s a recap of what the past year looked like: 

  • January 9 – The World Health Organization announces coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China
  • January 21 – First U.S. case confirmed by CDC.  The Washington state resident tested positive a few days after he returned from Wuhan China
  • February 3 – The US declares a public health emergency
  • March 11– The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic
  • March 13 – Travel Ban on Non-US Citizens Traveling from Europe Goes into Effect 
  • March 31 – Research found that COVID-19 Can Be Transmitted Through the Eye
  • April 28 – Demographics like the young and poor in America avoid seeking medical assistance despite showing COVID-19 symptoms due to healthcare costs
  • May 12 – Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases says that the death toll is underestimated  
  • May 21 – United States and AstraZeneca Form Vaccine Deal 
  • May 28 – US COVID-19 Deaths Pass the 100,000 Mark 
  • June 10 – US COVID-19 Cases Reach 2 Million 
  • June 22 – Study Suggests 80% of Cases in March Went Undetected 
  • July 16 – US Reported a new record of 75,600 cases in a single day  
  • July 21 – Vaccines from AstraZeneca, CanSino Biologics Show Promising Results 
  • August 13 – President-elect Joe Biden Calls for 3-Month Mask Mandate 
  • August 17 – COVID-19 Now the Third-Leading Cause of Death in the US, just behind cancer and heart disease 
  • August 28 – A Nevada man becomes the first known case of COVID-19 reinfection reported in the US
  • September 16 – The vaccine distribution plan was released by the Trump Administration
  • September 23 – More contagious strains of the virus have been discovered
  • September 28 – Global COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 1 Million 
  • October 2 – President Trump and First Lady contract COVID-19 
  • October 9 – US Signs Deal with AstraZeneca 
  • November 23 – AstraZeneca reports vaccine Is 90% effective 
  • December 31 – The U.S. fails to meet the goal of distributing 20 million vaccinations by the end of the year 
  • January 30 – The U.S. surpasses 26 million COVID-19 cases
  • February 23 – The UK launches the review into “vaccine passports” to allow people who have been fully vaccinated into the country
  • March 16 – AstraZeneca vaccine is suspended in some European countries due to negative side effects.