Unfathomable a year ago, the United States passed the 500,000 death mark from COVID-19.
On Monday, President Joe Biden led Americans to observe a moment of silence to commemorate this gruesome milestone, urging Americans to put aside partisan differences and fight the pandemic together.
Here’s a look at the past 12 months and how the United States reached such a devastating record.
Sure January 21, 2020, the United States has confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
The case was a citizen returning from a trip to the Wuhan region of China. The man, in his thirties, was reported in good condition.
Former President Donald Trump described the presence of the virus as “just one person from China” and said his administration had the new disease “totally under control.”
The first American death was ad sure February 29 in Seattle. It later emerged that two more patients had died in California earlier this month.
Trump told reporters the deceased was a ‘medically high risk’ woman in her late 50s – a Washington state health official later said it was a man .
The epidemic quickly spread across the country, forcing state governors and local authorities to impose lockdowns. It ravaged New York State early on and quickly spread across the country.
By mid-March, the death toll had passed 100 with confirmed cases in every state. The United States ended with schools closed and ties to the rest of the world severely reduced.
The economy quickly struggled. Sure March 23Trump said the country could not afford to continue the lockdowns.
“America will be open for business again and soon,” Trump mentionned. “Very soon. Much sooner than three or four months someone suggested. Much earlier. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.
Trump has left the management of the fight against the pandemic to individual states.
Sure April 6, the United States has reported the third highest number of reported deaths from the virus globally, with 10,000 dead.
A growing toll
Trump blamed China for the spread of the virus, saying Beijing could have stopped the disease before it swept the world. He threatened conduct “serious investigations” into China’s handling of the pandemic.
Contradictory messages from Trump
Amid the skyrocketing balance sheet, the US president has given confused and conflicting advice.
In At the beginning of April, the health authorities have recommended the wearing of masks. Trump undermined the message, insisting he wouldn’t wear one himself.
The United States has become the global epicenter of the pandemic with more than 277,000 confirmed cases.
Sure Aug 13, the former president changed his approach and endorsed the masks in a puzzling remark.
“My administration has a different approach. We urged Americans to wear masks, and I emphasized that it was a patriotic thing to do. Maybe they’re great, and maybe they’re just not that good ” he said.
At the end of the month, the total number of coronavirus cases past the six million mark, with states like Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease.
Sure September 22, the United States spent 200,000 dead.
Sure October 2Trump staff said he and his wife Melania contracted the virus. After four days of emergency treatment, Trump left the hospital sure October 5.
By November 27, the number of COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals across the United States has reached 90,000.
The hospitalization rate is at its highest since the start of the pandemic, pushing some medical facilities are exceeding their capacity and sounding the alarm bells for public health experts and officials.
Sure December 14, the first American to receive a vaccination against the coronavirus.
Sure December 21Joe Biden, then president-elect, received his first dose of vaccine on live television.
Biden’s presidential campaign focused largely on taking a new approach to tackling the pandemic.
When taking up his post on January 20Biden set a goal of administering one million shots per day for a total of 100 million in the first 100 days of his presidency.
The current average is 1.7 million vaccinations per day.
Biden on 22 january warned that “well over 600,000” people in the United States could die from the virus.
About 19% of the total coronavirus deaths worldwide have been in the United States, a disproportionate number considering it only represents 4% of the world’s population.
Sure February 22Johns Hopkins University announced the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths in the United States – more than World Wars I and II and the Vietnam War combined. This is by far the highest death toll in any country in the world.