COVID-19 in the United States
The first recorded case of the COVID-19 virus in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. From there, a cascade of effects occupied the minds and hearts of US citizens in a multitude of ways. After the virus was declared a national emergency in March, a lockdown began that transformed as the year went on. By the summer, there had been a number of developments regarding our understanding of the virus and our understanding of each other. From May 15th to August 31st, there were over 100,000 deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus. Hospitals were reaching capacity (See Dr. Fahimi's interview). Businesses opened and closed and individuals made personal decisions about mask-wearing. State protocols differed and this caused a lot of strife between family and friends (See Cecelia's Interview). There was little ability to travel and see loved ones too (See Tea Meulia and Dean Fraga Interview).
"A Timeline Of COVID-19 Developments In 2020". AJMC, 2021, https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020. Accessed 15 Mar 2021.
"COVID-19 Map - Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center". Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 2021, https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html. Accessed 15 Mar 2021.
A timeline of COVID-19 related events that took place during the summer of 2020
Here, Dr. Fahimi talks about his experience as an ER doctor and the importance of good public health education in the fight against coronavirus disinformation over the summer.
Cecelia's interview touches on how families struggled to make sense of "safe" virus protocols and navigated difficult conversations about what to do.
Finally, Tea and Dean discuss how COVID affected travel this summer. With Dean stuck in New Zealand and Tea's family all over the globe, it was hard to be so far from those we loved during the summer of 2020.