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As a pneumonia epidemic took hold in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the rest of the world didn’t know what awaited it. Within weeks, it was determined the province had a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The U.S. saw its first case of the novel virus on January 20, 2020, after a Washington state man traveled from Wuhan. It soon began spreading across state borders as hospitals readied for the worst and global health officials declared it a pandemic.
This month-by-month chronicling of America’s first year of the pandemic highlights what experts were faced with when it came to the misinformation, the mismanagement and the politicization of the virus.