- 2019.12.12 - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that a "new viral outbreak was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China.
- 2019.12.21 - Chinese epidemiologists with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) published an article stating that the first cluster of patients with "pneumonia of an unknown cause" had been identified.
- 2020.01.02 - 41 admitted hospital patients in Wuhan, China, were laboratory-confirmed to have contracted the 2019-nCoV (Novel coronavirus)
- 2020.01.21 - 291 cases had been reported across major cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai.
- 2020.01.21 - the U.S. reported its first laboratory-confirmed case in the state of Washington.
- 2020.01.24 - Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. all confirmed their second cases.
- 2020.01.26 - the U.S. confirmed its third, fourth, and fifth cases: two in California and one in Arizona.
- 2020.01.30 - the U.S. confirmed its sixth case, and the first confirmed case of human to human transmission within the United States (the spouse of another patient in Chicago).
- 2020.01.31 - the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services declared the SARS-CoV-2 virus a U.S. public health emergency.
- 2020.02.03 - CDC submitted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) package to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to expedite FDA permitted use of the CDC diagnostic panel in the U.S.
- 2020.02.04 - FDA issued the EUA. IRR began distribution of the test kits to states, but shortly thereafter performance issues were identified related to a problem in the manufacturing of one of the reagents which led to laboratories not being able to verify the test performance.
Less than a month after identification (January 31, 2020), President Trump declared a public health emergency and began restricting U.S. access to non-citizens from China, and quarantined travellers on U.S. military bases for two weeks.
- Govt re-org or cuts were not the issue.
- Govt is slow and always has been.
- this timeline demonstrates China was not forthcoming... and as soon as the US had a very small amount of cases a public health emergency was declared.
- The US had it's 1st case on Jan 21st and it's 6th case on Jan 30th triggering the public health emergency declaration. That's not a long, prolonged timeline and the declaration was quick based on the information at the time. What was slow was tpical govt agencies... and the President has been removing those govt blockers by fast tracking wherever they have been identified.