The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected our lives. Students felt the effects of the pandemic as schools went virtual or instituted drastic changes to comply with safety recommendations. Students may have loved ones who have gotten sick or had a parent who has lost or had to change jobs. The activities in this lesson plan gives teachers a starting point for discussing and learning more about the Covid 19 pandemic, the public and government response, what we can learn from the past, and the safety measures we should all employ.
Students can create a timeline of the major events that have occurred during the Covid 19 Pandemic. This example begins December 31, 2019 with the first known detected case through February 9th. Obviously, depending on when students are beginning this project many more events may have occurred that they can research and include.
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FIRST CASES DETECTED
TIMELINE OF COVID 19 IN THE UNITED STATES
On December 31, the first confirmed cases of Covid 19 were detected in Wuhan, China.
FIRST CONFIRMED CASE IN U.S.
FIRST KNOWN "COMMUNITY SPREAD"
On January 21, 2020, Washington state confirmed the first case of Covid 19 on U.S. soil.
COVID 19 DECLARED PANDEMIC
On February 26, 2020, CDC officials confirmed the first case of Covid in California that had unknown origin. It led them to believe it was the first case of "community spread".
On March 11, 2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, meaning a disease that is prevalent all over the world.
US DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency to allow for $50 billion in federal resources to be released to combat coronavirus. On March 18, 2020, a coronavirus relief package was signed.
RECOMMENDATION OF MASKS
On April 3, 2020, the Trump administration recommended Americans wear masks, a reversal of previous guidance that masks were unnecessary. Despite this recommendation, mask wearing and enforcement varied greatly.
US PASSES 2 MILLION CASES
On June 11, 2020, the United States passed 2 million confirmed cases of the virus less than 5 months after the first confirmed case.
On December 14, 2020, the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered to all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. On December 18th, the FDA authorized another coronavirus vaccine by Moderna.
VACCINATIONS SLOWLY ROLL OUT
US DEATHS OVER 465,000
While the distribution of the vaccine was slower than projected, as of Feb. 3rd, 27 million people in the U.S. got the first dose and 6 million were fully vaccinated. Scientists say that precautions like masks and social distancing should remain in effect until the pandemic ends.
As of February 9, 2021, there have been 27,101,604 confirmed cases and 465,435 deaths in the U.S., roughly the same as entire population of Atlanta, Georgia. A staggering statistic. A medical journal, the Lancet, published a study concluding that 40% of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. were avoidable.