From grim milestones to record unemployment rates and protests against stay-at-home orders, the pandemic has upended life across the US
In just three months, Covid-19 has upended life in the US, ravaging cities and businesses and overwhelming hospitals woefully unprepared. What started as a single infection in Washington state ballooned until the US became the global hotspot for Covid-19, with exponentially more confirmed cases than any other nation.
Mixed messages from Donald Trump and his administration have caused confusion over when or if Americans will return to life as usual. Squabbles between the president, governors and mayors have inspired headlines as critics assail missed chances to contain the virus.
Now, the US has passed another grim milestone, 50,000 Covid-related deaths, while closing in on 1m confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.More than 26 million are out of work and protesters are demanding an end to stay-at-home orders, even as experts say such rallies could make outbreaks worse.
These are the defining moments from the US under Covid-19 so far.
The US confirms its first case of Covid-19, after a 35-year-old man who lives north of Seattle returns from Wuhan, China. A day later, Trump tells CNBC: Its one person coming in from China, and we have it under control.
The White House announces a taskforce to monitor, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) labels the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. But Trump continues to downplay it, telling a crowd in Iowa: We only have five people. Hopefully, everythings going to be great.