Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today

A media briefing which occurred exactly one year ago today on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 included the first time that the World Health Organization officially declared that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus had reached pandemic disease status — interestingly and coincidentally, exactly six months after the 19th anniversary of the attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which means that now we will be reminded every six months of a substantially historic event which changed the world.

Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2 or HCoV-19 or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or something like that — has wreaked havoc around the world. This article covers the latest statistics — along with containing a complete compendium of articles which have been written and posted here at The Gate that pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the resulting pandemic.

A Look at the Latest Statistics

The latest statistics are that at least 2,605,356 people — or slightly greater than 2.22 percent — have died of the minimum of 117,332,262 confirmed cases worldwide, according to this situation dashboard from the World Health Organization pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus…

…and at the same time, at least 2,614,600 people — or slightly less than 2.22 percent — have died of the minimum of 117,817,568 confirmed cases worldwide, according to this situation dashboard from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

At the time this article was written, at least 526,213 people — or slightly greater than 1.81 percent — have died of the minimum of 28,992,598 confirmed cases in the United States, according to this situation dashboard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — and with an estimated population of 331,002,651 people, that means that slightly less than 0.16 percent of the population of the United States have died with it.

The population of the world is currently at almost 7.8 billion people. Using the higher statistics from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, that means that slightly greater than 1.51 percent of the population have confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, with slightly greater than 0.03 percent of the population having died with it.

Other Articles

This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources…

…as well as attempt to maintain a reasoned and sensible ongoing discussion towards how to resolve this pandemic.

Other articles at The Gate which pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — whose links are listed in chronological order from the latest and most recent article first in all of the following sections — include:

Trip Reports

Airport Security Checkpoint

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Articles at The Gate which pertain to my experiences during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Frequent Travel Loyalty Programs

United Airlines

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Articles at The Gate which pertain to frequent travel loyalty programs due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Policy Changes of Travel Companies

Delta Air Lines Reykjavik

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Articles at The Gate which pertain to travel companies changing their policies due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Government Entities

United States Capitol Building

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

 

Articles at The Gate which deal with the topic of government entities due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Past and Present Travel Alerts

Past articles at The Gate which dealt with the topic of travel alerts due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Masks

Mask goggles

Composite photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Articles at The Gate which pertain to the topic of masks and cloth coverings for the nose and mouth include:

Business News: Bankruptcies, Closures, and Layoffs

Delta Air Lines airplanes view from Sky Club Concourse B Atlanta airport

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Articles at The Gate which deal with business news as the result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Series of Articles

empty shelves

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

For a respite of levity, articles at The Gate of the What is Wrong With This Photograph? series which deal with the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Past and Present Deals

Articles at The Gate which pertain to deals that resulted from the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Saving on Fuel — Outdated

Gasoline pump handle

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Outdated articles at The Gate which pertained to saving on gasoline and fuel as the result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include:

Summary

Near Minsk National Airport

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This article as the main reference list of articles will be a work in progress as long as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus retains its pandemic status — as well as any news and information which is reported at The Gate as a result of it even when it is downgraded from its pandemic status…

…and that is a downgrade to which most of us are actually looking forward.

I will save future editorials, opinions, and thoughts for future articles about the pandemic here at The Gate.

All photographs ©2015, ©2016, ©2017, ©2018, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen; and photographic illustration ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

4 thoughts on “Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today”

  1. We all were affected by the pandemic, and we all want to go out to get some relief.
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  2. George says:

    The CDC has been so utterly wrong – all the ‘experts’ have kept busy peddling fear.
    The news media has profited more than ever before.

    I lost a lot of respect for citizens who just fell in line and followed orders here.

    The data is out there, the independent journalists are out there.
    Find them. Read them.

    It’s not going to be found by government ‘experts’ and the front page of sleazy newspapers.
    Don’t just do what the NY Times tells you to do.

    Life is a lot more complex than hiding inside your house for a year waiting for some official to tell you it’s safe to travel.

    I’m not a prisoner, I’m a person. So, I’m making decisions for myself. And absolutely loving the last 2 years of constant travel.

    Best ever.

    1. NB_ga says:

      So agree! Glad to hear you have been able to carry on so well this year.

  3. NB_ga says:

    I much appreciate this compilation.

    I have followed your open-minded Covid response this past year – and greatly appreciate your willingness to look beyond the mainstream drivel. Life is for living .. and I am going to keep doing so.

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