A new governmental study reveals that the coronavirus was present in the U.S. weeks earlier than scientists and public health officials previously thought, and before cases in China were publicly identified. Plus, meet the person behind Operation: Warp Speed, Dr. Atlas resigns from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the EU eyes a Dec. 29 approval of a vaccine.
The United States practically wrote the playbook on how to deal with a pandemic. Presidents from both parties worked to ensure that if a pandemic came, there would be an effective plan to respond. While other countries used that playbook to great success, the Trump administration chose to disregard it. To help Americans understand exactly what happened, Insider hired two comic creators to tell the ongoing story of COVID-19 in the United States.
Americans will likely have to ride out the pandemic for another year while a possible vaccine is distributed, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. He also disputed President Trump's assertions that the U.S. is "rounding the corner" and called the latest COVID-19 stats "disturbing." Plus, this 9/11 responder recounts his battle with the virus, the impact the coronavirus has on the mental health of young adults, and what to do if you test positive for antibodies.