The COVID-19 Pandemic
When WHO declared on March 11, 2020, that COVID-19 had become a pandemic, South Korea and the United States had each recorded 90 deaths from the virus. In April, 62,000 Americans died from COVID-19—an average of 85 people an hour.
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This authoritative work provides a thorough overview of the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the globe in 2020, devoting particular attention to its impact on all aspects of American society.
The 21st Century Turning Points series is a one-stop resource for understanding the people and events changing America today. Each volume provides readers with a clear, authoritative, and unbiased understanding of a single issue or event that is driving national debate about our nation's leaders, institutions, values, and priorities.
This particular volume is devoted to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted social, economic, and political institutions across the globe in 2020. It documents the spread of the virus around the world and the mounting toll it took on the health and lives of people in the United States and elsewhere; surveys the response to the pandemic (both in statements and policies) by the Trump administration, state governments, and various scientific and public health organizations; explains the impact of the pandemic on American schools, businesses, industries, and workers; shows why communities of color and poor Americans were disproportionately impacted; and studies the ways in which COVID-19 has changed the United States forever.
Entries devoted to specific events and milestones in the spread of COVID-19
Biographical profiles of important government leaders and public health officials who shaped and directed America's response to the pandemic
Essays that explore the lasting impact of COVID-19 on American schools, businesses, families, communities, and political attitudes
Annotated bibliography of sources for further study
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21st-Century Turning Points
21st-Century Turning Points is a general reference series that gives readers a clear, authoritative, and unbiased understanding of major fast-breaking events, movements, people, and issues that are transforming American life, culture, and politics in this turbulent new century. Each volume constitutes a one-stop resource for learning about a single issue or event currently dominating America's news headlines and political discussions—issues or events that, in many cases, are also driving national debate about our country's leaders, institutions, values, and priorities.
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