Saturday, December 12, 2020

USA Today huge piece: “It may not have started here, but the novel coronavirus became a U.S. tragedy” (aka "American Virus")

 

New York City, 2015

Gus Garcia-Roberts, Erin Mansfield, and Caroline Anders provide a very detail account of the history of COVIS19 in the United States, Dec. 11, 2020.  It is very well illustrated with lots of fancy insets.

The title is “American Virus: It may not have started here, but the novel coronavirus became a U.S. tragedy”.

The article starts out by noting many more specific infections and even deaths in the United States as early as December 2019.  The death in California Feb 6 of a woman who had exposure to people who traveled from China, to a heart rupture, is mentioned.

It also notes the incredible volume of flights from China, especially Wuhan, to the rest of the world, including the US West Coast. But the East Coast was seeded a lot by flights from Europe, especially Italy.

The article notes how the virus percolated for at least three months in the United States, before life “as we know it” suddenly caved in, during the middle of March 2020. People had no concept of how mitigation would be handled and how many lives would be crushed permanently.

The article follows one particular family in Chicago in detail.

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