A Look Back At COVID-19 And It’s Timeline Throughout The Nation

Jaquelyn Gamboa, Copy Editor

Everyone and everything has been affected nationally by the Coronavirus ever since January of 2020, when the country went downhill. It is believed to have come due to a bat-born virus.

The coronavirus was detected in the U.S. on January 20 but wasn’t reported to CDC until two days after. Some people didn’t hear about the virus until months after.

“I didn’t hear about it until March. I heard that it was bad and very contagious,” said mother of four, Karen Pena. 

The people who heard it later, heard the worst news. As the months passed, the virus worsened, reaching 9,824 cases only in January.

In February, there was at least one case of COVID-19 reported in 50 states. They didn’t know the exact symptoms, but doctors had said they were “flu like” symptoms.

By this time, everything was getting worse by the day. People were scared because not many knew how to properly protect themselves and some people just didn’t care about COVID-19.

It affected me terribly because my mother and I ended up testing positive for corona so we suffered for two months, but I was more worried about my mother’s health,” said senior Vanessa Cruz.

People started to lose their jobs as a consequence of COVID-19 getting worse. There were 6.2 million people unemployed in February. This also started to affect many businesses.

“It affected my dad because he stopped working and we went through some difficult moments where we didn’t know how to pay bills,” said junior Ximena Garcia.

In March, many people started getting affected by this pandemic which was just getting started in the U.S. Many people were losing their jobs.

“For three months I worked from home and my band had gigs cancelled,” said math teacher Mr. Costantino.

This was the beginning of devastating times in New York. On March 14, New York had reported their first two deaths related to COVID-19.

New York City is the most populated city in the United states with a population of about 8,336,817. On a day to day basis there are crowds of people walking around.

This was another city that wasn’t following the security guidelines which were social distancing and wearing masks. Many, if not all states, have done the same thing.

The difference between the other states and New York was that New York had a higher population. This meant there were bigger crowds and more people being exposed to COVID-19.

Due to many people not following the security guidelines, in the first month, they reach up to 6,132 cases in one day. 

“The close contact along with people not taking precautions did not help,” said Costantino

On March 20, the governor had ordered the closing of non-essential businesses. This had affected many homes and businesses.

By the end of March, 32 out of 50 states were locked down. Schools also started to close as the number of cases and deaths started to increase. 

The number of cases in a day had reached up to 258 in a day and the number of deaths had reached up to five per day.

Every day there are multiple people diagnosed with COVID-19 and this caused hospitals to start running out of beds for their patients.

This was when everyone was recommended to quarantine themselves, practice social distancing, wear face masks, and wash their hands. But a lot of people still didn’t follow these rules.

In April, new symptoms of COVID-19 were released. Some places like offices and restaurants had started to open little by little, but with restrictions to keep everyone safe.

In one day, the number of cases had lowered to 231 and 13 deaths. There were many people who were scared to do anything because they didn’t know who could have it.

“It’s kind of scary being out there when you don’t know who has it,” said Cruz. “I miss being able to go out and not worry about anything.”

At this time, thousands of New Yorkers were unemployed. There was at least $7.8 billion lost tax revenue. Both ways people didn’t have any sort of income and couldn’t pay bills.

This caused the U.S. to reach a low point in the economy. Many companies shut down because of this. There were money shortages everywhere.

The number of cases increased, reaching 295 in one day. There were 20.5 million people unemployed in May, making it the era’s second highest unemployment rate. 

In July, the number of cases reached up to 1,380 only in one day. For some people this was the beginning to the worst.

“For me it was worse between July-August because I got sick and I got my mother sick too,” said Cruz. “I couldn’t work for a month and I was stuck at home trying to recover with my mom.” 

Hospitals in Los Angeles reported the highest number of hospitalizations in a day. By this time, more than 140K people died from COVID-19.

In August, some kids began to have the same symptoms caused by COVID-19. Later, after getting tested, doctors reported that they had been infected with COVID-19.

Doctors found out children can transmit the virus as well. This made parents scared when leaving the house. They didn’t want to bring it home and get their kids sick.

“I was scared because anyone can die including my kids,” said Pena.

Doctors started to provide antibody therapy for people who had COVID-19. Patients with this therapy saw an 80 percent reduction in relative risk of death.

Today, the vaccine for the virus is still being tested. Doctors have stated that the vaccine will be here in November. 

Some people have hope in the vaccine and they think it will work, but others think it might not completely work the way people want it to work.

“There is no sure fire vaccine,” said Costantino. “The flu vaccine, for instance, only protects against a particular strain, as well as, having certain risks involved with them.”

At this point people are just hoping for the best. They are tired of this whole pandemic and want things to be the way they were.

“I hope next year things are more calmed With the pandemic going on,” said Garcia.

Many people are waiting anxiously for the vaccine. They want things back to normal. They want to be able to go out without having to worry about COVID-19.