March marks the completion of the pandemic’s one-year cycle. March 2020 has not only changed the US, but the world as a whole will never be the same again. Let’s take a walk down the memory lane to see what happened in March 2020, when the US reported its first case of the novel coronavirus.
The first week of March
In the first week of March, the US confirmed its first 487 positive cases and 21 deaths. As the month started, Andrew Cuomo announced the first Covid-case coming to the US via a woman who returned from Iran. On March 2, 2020 ex-president Donald Trump asked researchers to accelerate their efforts to develop a vaccine. By March 3, 2020, the CDC allowed everyone to get tested for the virus and not the only ones who came from a virus-affected area.
On March 6, 2020, around ten states reported cases of the coronavirus, while Adams from Fox News, reported that the average Americans getting affected by the virus is low, and wearing masks may increase the chances of people contracting the virus. However, on March 8, 2020, one of the nation’s leading infectious disease experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, asked the public to wear face masks.
As the first week ended, the people were unaware of the upcoming threats.
The second week of March
The first day of the second week ended with a 7.79% drop in the stock market. On March 10, 2020, Donald Trump assured the nation that the virus will go away and America is doing great. However, little did he know, on March 11, 2020, the CDC confirmed that the world is facing a deadly pandemic. Soon after the announcement, things started to get canceled and by March 13, Trump announced a national emergency and the week ended with a warning by the CDC to refrain from gatherings of more than 50 people, while Puerto Rico issued a stay-at-home order.
By the third week of March, the situation already got out of hand and there was a high surge in the cases. Many states started issuing stay-at-home orders and by the end of March 2020, the entire country went into complete lockdown.
However, March 2021 brought us a ray of hope as the vaccination drive is in full swing and things are starting to normalize.