Jan. 11, 2020: China reports 1st novel coronavirus death
The novel coronavirus outbreak has reached almost every corner of the globe and sickened thousands. </br></br>The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China after several people who visited a live animal market there were treated for pneumonia-like symptoms. </br></br>A worker in a protective suit is seen at the closed seafood market in Wuhan, China, Jan. 10, 2020. The seafood market is linked to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the new strain of coronavirus.
Feb. 5, 2020: Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined
On Feb. 19, 2020, The Diamond Princess cruise ship, and its nearly 3600 passengers and crew, were released after being quarantined in a port in Tokyo for nearly two weeks. Once the virus was confirmed on board, testing began and the total number of cases would be close to 700, making it the biggest cluster of cases outside of China.
Feb. 7, 2020: Whistleblowing doctor dies
A portrait of Dr. I WenLiang, the doctor who is regarded as a whistleblower in the discovery of the novel coronavirus, is left outside a hospital in Wuhan, China, Feb. 7, 2020. Wenliang died from complications from the disease.
Feb. 29, 2020: 1st death reported in United States
While cases continued to spread globally and into the states, the first US death was confirmed at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. Later, through autopsy, it would be confirmed a woman who died Feb. 6, was the first U.S. victim of the disease. </br></br>Lori Spencer visits her mom Judie Shape, 81, who Spencer says has tested positive for the coronavirus at Life Care Center of Kirkland in Kirkland, Washington, March 11, 2020.
March 13, 2020: Trump declares national emergency
After weeks of downplaying the virus and ignoring the advance of medical professionals, President Trump declared the virus a national emergency and pledged $50 billion in federal funding to help fight the outbreak
March 15, 2020: CDC warns against large gatherings
Spring break revelers watch a game of "chicken fight" on the beach, March 17, 2020, in Pompano Beach, Fla.
March 17, 2020: Coronavirus now present in all 50 states
Industrial firm's employees manufacture PPE, like face shields, to supply New York's health care workers and hospitals at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, March 26, 2020.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
March 19, 2020: Italy's death toll surpasses China's
While under lockdown measures and curfews, people found creative ways to entertain their peers and give thanks to those health responders working the front lines. In Europe many took to their balconies to play music or project movies on the sides of buildings. In New York City, people would cheer and bang pots at 7 p.m. as thanks to doctors and nurses. </br></br>People play instruments as others dance on their balconies in support of the medical staff that are working on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain.
March 20, 2020: New York City declared US outbreak epicenter
With the spreading of the novel coronavirus to all 50 states, large gatherings were banned, bars and restaurants shuttered, festivals were canceled and many weddings put on hold. New York City started to become the epicenter of U.S. cases, reporting 15,000 on March 20th, about half of the total U.S. cases at the time. </br></br>A near-empty street in Times Square, New York City.
Kena Betancur/Getty Images
March 24, 2020: Japan postpones Olympics
With the global increase of coronavirus cases growing and the high public health risk of large crowds, Japan postponed the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Several countries had already pulled their athletes from competition due to the high risk.
Jae C. Hong/AP
March 26, 2020: United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases
As cities and states went into lockdown measures and implemented mandatory mask mandates, a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) started to grow. </br></br>PPE suits are seen next to a decontamination unit, at the Washington, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department's decontamination facility, in Washington, D.C., on April 15, 2020.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
March 27, 2020: Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus bill
Many people under lockdown also found themselves without jobs. Unemployment numbers rose with many businesses shuttering. While the government worked to release stimulus help to those in need, many found themselves without a way to pay for everyday living expenses. </br><br/>People line up outside Kentucky Career Center prior to its opening to find assistance with their unemployment claims in Frankfort, Ky., June 18, 2020.
March 27, 2020: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for the novel coronavirus after displaying symptoms on March 27, 2020 and ultimately ending up in intensive care. Johnson continued to lead the country via video conference until his return to work, seen here, one month later.
April 2, 2020: Global cases hit 1 million
Photographs and memorials for those who died during the lockdown sit outside Riverside Church, April 30, 2020, in Burton-on-Trent, England. The memorial garden has been set up by the church for people to pay their respects to those who have died from coronavirus and other illnesses during the pandemic lockdown.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
April 4, 2020: New York sets single-day record for new COVID-19 cases
Testing and contact tracing continued as more and more people became infected. On April 4, New York City logged the highest number single-day record for new cases with 12,000 and after trace testing it was determined that New York’s first case was from an untracked transmission between the U.S. and Europe. </br></br>A woman walks past a memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives to COVID-19 at Greenwood Cemetary in New York City.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
April 9, 2020: Evidence that 1st COVID-19 case in NYC came from Europe
As the pandemic spread across the globe, countries went on lockdown. Wild animals took to the streets of some countries searching for food, while the lack of people caused the skies to clear in others. </br></br>Mountain goats roam the streets of Llandudno, Wales, March 31, 2020.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
April 19, 2020: Protests over coronavirus mask and lockdown restrictions
Health care workers stand in the street in counter-protest to hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand the stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver.
May 18, 2020: Navajo Nation surpasses New York for highest infection rate
A patient is taken from an ambulance to the emergency room of a hospital in the Navajo Nation town of Tuba City during the 57-hour curfew, imposed to try to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus through the Navajo Nation, in Arizona.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images
May 27, 2020: US reaches 100,000 deaths
With the growing increase in cases rising the White House went on the offensive, conducting daily briefings with a task force that gave updates on the virus, testing and road to recovery. </br></br>President Donald Trump, seen through a window, speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the press office moments after speaking with members of the coronavirus task force during a briefing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at the White House.
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
June 15, 2020: Texas hit a new daily high in COVID-19 cases
Tubers prepare to float the Comal River despite the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, June 25, 2020, in New Braunfels, Texas.
June 15, 2020: California's coronavirus Phase 3 reopening
People exercise at Inspire South Bay Fitness behind plastic sheets in their workout pods while observing social distancing, June 15, 2020, in Redondo Beach, California, as the gym reopens today under California's coronavirus Phase 3 reopening guidelines.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
June 25, 2020: Eiffel Tower reopens
With measures put in place for social distancing and crowd sizes reduced, popular European attractions began to gradually reopen. </br></br>Visitors attend the reopening day of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, June 25, 2020.
Julien de Rosa/EPA via Shutterstock
July 11, 2020: Trump wears a mask in public for the first time
During a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, President Donald Trump was seen in a facial mask for the first time in public. The president's response to the facial coverings caused many to speculate whether the device was even necessary or if it prevented the spread of coronavirus.
Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images
July 12, 2020: Florida breaks single-day record for new COVID-19 cases
Lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site, July 5, 2020, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
July 23, 2020: Baseball opener
From left, manager Dave Roberts #30, Bob Geren #8 and Dino Ebel #12 line up for the National Anthem for a preseason game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Harry How/Getty Images
Sept. 2, 2020: Social distance precautions in schools
Students take livestream classes while seated in socially distanced protective learning pods at STAR Eco Station Tutoring & Enrichment Center, Sept. 2, 2020, in Culver City, Calif.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
Sept. 10, 2020: Football opener
Fans watch the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL football training camp, Aug. 29, 2020, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs opened the stadium to 5,000 season ticket holders to watch practice as the team plans to open the regular season with a reduced capacity of approximately 22 percent of normal attendance.
Sept. 10, 2020: US Students return to class
A teacher instructs students at Freedom Preparatory Academy, Sept. 10, 2020, in Provo, Utah. In-person schooling with masks started up in many Utah schools after shutting down in March due to the COVID-19 virus. But many schools were unprepared to return to in-person learning.
George Frey/AFP via Getty Images
Sept. 28, 2020: Global death toll hits 1 million
The coronavirus global death toll hit one million people on ... less than 10 months after the first case was reported in China. <br><br> A woman walks across Spanish flags placed at Roma Park to honor Spain's Coronavirus dead during the second wave of the Covid pandemic, Sept. 27, 2020, in Madrid.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
Oct 2, 2020: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump isolate after testing positive
The news of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19 was revealed in the early hours of Oct. 2, 2020, hours after it became known that one of the president's closest advisers, Hope Hicks, had also tested positive.
Nov. 18, 2020: U.S. death toll hits 250K
Inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office, Nov. 17, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also know as trustees, are volunteering for the frontline work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
Nov. 26, 2020: Thanksgiving in a Houston ICU
Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 ICU Thanksgiving Day at the United Memorial Medical Center on Nov. 26, 2020, in Houston.
Go Nakamura/Getty Images
Dec. 14, 2020: US begins first round of vaccinations/US death toll hits 300K
Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Dec. 14, 2020, in New York.
Jan. 11, 2021: Anniversary of 1st COVID-19 death
The first reported death from COVID-19 was on Jan. 11, 2020, a 61-year-old man who had visited the live-animal market in Wuhan, China.<br><br> Gravediggers carry a coffin of a COVID-19 victim at the Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery, Jan. 7, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Andre Coelho/Getty Images
Jan. 19, 2021: US Death toll hits 400K
President-elect Joe Biden held a memorial event to mourn the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The vigil was held nearly a year after the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state on Jan. 21, 2020. <br><br> President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden are joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff to participate in an COVID-19 memorial event at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Jan. 19, 2021.
Feb. 22, 2021: US Death toll surpasses 500K
President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from the COVID-19 during a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House, Feb. 22, 2021.<br><br>In an emotional address before the ceremony, President Biden told the country, "As a nation, we cannot and we must not let this go on. That's why the day before my inauguration ... I said, 'to heal -- to heal, we must remember.' I know it's hard. I promise you, I know it's hard. I remember. But that's how you heal. You have to remember."
May 10, 2021: The U.S. expanded vaccine eligibility to ages 12-15
William Barefoot, 13, sits on his mother's lap, Kathleen Barefoot, as he receives his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site set up in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, May 18, 2021. The U.S. expanded vaccine eligibility to ages 12-15 as the CDC authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 on May 10.
Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via AP
May 2021: COVID-19 surges in India
A new more infectious Delta variant contributed to a soaring death toll in India with more than 300,000 deaths reported. The actual number of dead is likely much higher.<BR><BR>Family members of Vijay Raju, who died due to COVID-19, mourn before his cremation at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, May 13, 2021.
June 15, 2021: California and New York announce full re-openings as case numbers go down and vaccination rates rise
Visitors walk down Main Street USA at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif, April 30, 2021. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. California and New York announced coronavirus restrictions will disappear on June 15, 2021.
Sept. 20, 2021: US COVID-19 deaths surpass toll from 1918 pandemic
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed the greatest number of U.S deaths from a pandemic. Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, the deadliest such event in U.S. history was the 1918 flu pandemic, which is estimated to have killed 675,000 Americans. <br><br> More than 660,000 white flags carpet the National Mall to commemorate the American lives lost to COVID-19 in Washington, D.C, Sept. 16, 2021.
Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA via Shutterstock
Sept. 22, 2021: FDA authorizes boosters
A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility in Worcester, Penn.
Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Oct. 29, 2021: US expands vaccine eligibility to kids ages 5-11
A child receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic at an elementary school in San Jose, Calif., Nov. 4, 2021.
Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Winter 2021-2022: Omicron variant causes surge in cases globally
New Yorkers scramble to get free COVID-19 test kits distributed by the city in light of surging positivity in recent weeks due to the omicron variant on a corner of Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty images
February 4, 2022: U.S. surpasses 900,000 deaths
A COVID-19 patient is hugged by his children before undergoing an intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., Jan. 25, 2022.
Winter 2022: The Beijing Winter Olympics takes place with strict COVID-19 protocols
Medical staff in PPE sit at a table during a speed skating training session for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Jan. 28, 2022.
Feb. 2022: Pandemic restrictions are eased around the U.S. after the winter omicron surge
The Krewe of Muses parade takes place on Feb. 24, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2021, Mardi Gras parades and balls were canceled in the city in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Erika Goldring/Getty Images
March 2022: Hong Kong is in the grip of a spiraling omicron outbreak
Medical workers move a patient lying on a hospital bed at a makeshift treatment area outside a hospital during a COVID-19 surge in Hong Kong, Feb. 17, 2022. A fifth COVID-19 wave caused by the omicron variant has swamped hospitals and morgues, with more than 500,000 infections recorded. Many of the victims are the unvaccinated elderly.
May 2022: COVID-19 death toll in US hits 1 million
Just over two years since the first known COVID-19 death was reported in the United States, the virus has taken the lives of 1 million Americans. <br><br>An empty hospital bed sits inside the former intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., April 12, 2022.