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The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, was formed 72 years ago, on April 7, 1948 --the day that "World Health Day" is celebrated. The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations reponsible for international public health and serves as a forum for summits and discussions on health issues.

The responsibilities of WHO include advocating for universal healthcare, monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to healthy emergencies, and promoting human health and well being. It also provides technical assistance to countries, set international health standards and guidelines, and collects data on global health issues.

The WHO has played a leading role in several publich health achievements --- eradicating smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola vaccine.

January 1, 2017

President Trump's first full cabinet meeting | CNN

June 12, 2017

Trump Admin Dismantles the Global Health Security Team for Pandemic Response (Established 2016)

Under John Bolton, the Trump administration disbands the NSA's Global Health Security Team (pandemic response team), established under President Obama in 2014, leaving America underprepared to handle any major public health crisis.

May 10, 2018

Trump Admin Ends Pandemic Early Warning Program (Established 2009)

PREDICT, the pandemic early warning program designed to alert the Executive branch to potential pandemics was ended. The program had been run by the US Agency for International Development since 2009.

Members of the PREDICT program engaged in a process of "virus hunting", collecting more than 140,000 biological samples from various animals, and research teams of epidemiologists and wildlife veterinarians identified some 1,200 viruses with the potential to cause human disease and pandemics, including over 160 novel coronaviruses with the potential to develop into pandemics.

Operating on a 5-year funding cycle (and receiving about $200 million over the course of its operation), all work by Predict stopped after funding ran out in September 2019. In March 2020 the program was formally ended by the Trump administration, which marked the departure of dozens of scientists and analysts working to identify potential pandemics in countries around the world, including China.

The program was one of four projects within USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats program, the others being RESPOND, IDENTIFY, and PREVENT.

September 13, 2019

Articles of Impeachment Submitted to Initiate Trial Against President Trump

August 2019 - Quid Pro Quo:  A whistleblower complains that Donald Trump abused his power by seeking foreign interference to help his 2020 re-election bid.

December 18, 2019 - Impeachment Hearings:  The U.S. House of Representatives begins Impeachment Hearings to determine if President Trump should be held for trial on impeachment.

January 16, 2020 - Abuse of Power:  The President is charged with [Abuse of Power] and [Obstruction of Congress] and the House initiates an Impeachment Trial against the President, by submitting Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

February 5, 2020 - Republican Senate Acquits President  The Republican controlled Senate announced their plan and followed through on stonewalling the Impeachment Trial. They rejected all attempts to introduce subpoenas and refused to call any witnesses. The Senate then acquitted the President without conducting a formal trial.

Abuse of Power4852
Obstruction of Justice4753

January 16, 2020

14 Cities Share Publicly that President Trump Hasn't Paid Any of the $1.8 Million Owed for Hosting His MAGA Rallies

President Trump loves hosting rallies, but does not reimburse cash-strapped cities for the additional expense that his rallies demand --- including the cost of additional security and police staff. Without any regard to the citizens of these locations, dependent upon the proper administration of tax dollars, the Trump campaign consistently responds by denying any obligation to cover any of the costs incurred by cities when hosting his campaign.

April 16, 2020
November 2019

Mysterious pneumonia-like illness appears in Inner Mongolia

November 3, 2019

Chinese government notifies WHO of diagnosis of a "bacterial" plague infection

November 13, 2019

Chad Wolf
5th Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appointed Under the Trump Administration

November 14, 2019


DHS (Department of Homeland Security), formed in 2002 after 9/11, is responsible for public security, anti-terrorism, border security, immigrtion, customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management.

November 14, 2019
December 2019

Chinese government notifies WHO (in late Dec 2019) that the 1st Covid-19 case (mistaken for the plague) can be traced back to this date

December 8, 2019

Chinese doctors, while continuing research, discover cases reported as "plague" actually originated from a new strain of the coronavirus.

December 27, 2019

China Reports Pneumonia Cases to WHO

China reports a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Hubei Province, to the World Health Organization (WHO).

December 31, 2019
January 2020

WHO (Informally) Becomes Aware of Viral Outbreak in Wuhan China

The WHO begins requesting information from China regarding reports of "cases of viral pneumonia" in Wuhan, after learning of the cases from a media statement released by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on their website and from the on-air news reports that followed --- according to the June 29, 2020 revision of its April 2020 timeline .

January 1, 2020

CDC Begins Issuing China Travel Warnings

The CDC issues travel warnings for Americans planning travel to China. They also announce that there are no known U.S. cases and that they are closely monitoring the virus.

January 6, 2020

Chinese Authorities Announce a Novel Coronavirus

Wuhan authorities announce they have identified the virus as a novel (or new strain of) coronavirus.

January 7, 2020

First Death Caused by Novel Coronavirus

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announced the first death caused by the novel coronavirus: a 61-year-old man died on January 9 from respiratory failure.

Chinese authorities say wild animals sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market are likely the source of the outbreak.

January 11, 2020

CDC to Screen Travelers Returning from China

At a CDC briefing it is announced that anyone who has traveled by way of Wuhan, China will be tested upon arrival.

January 16, 2020

First Confirmed Case of Coronavirus Is United States

Officials in Washington state confirm the first case of the coronavirus on US soil -- a traveller who had recently visited China.

January 21, 2020

Coronavirus "Totally Under Control" (President Trump)

President Trump speaks on the coronavirus: We have it totally under control. ... It’s going to be just fine.

January 22, 2020

China Enforces Travel and Social Distancing Restrictions

Chinese authorities enforce a partial lockdown of travel in and out of Wuhan, and all large-scale Lunar New Year celebrations are canceled in Beijing.

January 23, 2020

All the US cases have occurred in individuals who have traveled to Wuhan, China. No identified cases of person-to-person transmission identified. Researchers from the CDC and WHO continue study of the virus.

January 27, 2020
Isolating Not Recommended by CDC

The CDC does not recommend isolating otherwise healthy individuals who have traveled from Wuhan City if they do not have symptoms.

January 27, 2020

U.S. CDC extends its Level 3 travel warning from Wuhan City in China to the entire country. Travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

January 28, 2020

WHO and China's leaders discuss next steps in the battle against coronavirus outbreak

January 28, 2020

White House Forms Coronavirus Task Force - To Monitor & Control the Virus?

The White House announces the formation of a new coronavirus task force to be responsible for monitoring and working to contain the spread of the virus.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, will lead the task force, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was also assigned to work on the task force.

January 29, 2020

Coronavirus "Very Well Under Control" (President Trump)

President Trump speaks on the coronavirus: “We think we have it very well under control... we’re working very closely with China and other countries...”

January 30, 2020

New evidence indicates that people who are infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus may become contagious before symptoms are noticeable, however the CDC and WHO have not recommended any change in treatment regarding asymptomatic individuals.

January 31, 2020
Executive Order Bans Travelers from China

IF in China within Past 2 Weeks THEN You May Not Enter the U.S. (unless You are American Citizens)

President Trump issues an executive order blocking entry to the US for anyone who has traveled from China in the last 14 days -- to be effective Feburary 2, 2020.

The ban, however, does not apply to U.S. residents or citizens, their spouses and family members.

January 31, 2020

Chinese Cities Enforce Stay-At-Home Orders

Chinese streets are empty and markets are closed as millions of people are forced to adhere to Stay-At-Home orders.

January 31, 2020
February 2020

Chinese Build Two New Medical Facilities

Wuhan finishes contruction of one (of two) new 1000-bed medical facilities being built to handle novel coronavirus patients.

February 1, 2020

Japan's Health Ministry Quarantines Cruise Ship with 3,700+ Passengers

Japan's Health Ministry has confirmed that 10 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The 3,700+ passengers on board are placed in quarantine for two weeks. More than 700 people from the ship test positive for Covid-19.

This represents the first of several cruise ships to quarantine people during the outbreak.

February 4, 2020

Covid-19 Announced as Name of New Virus by WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially assigns Covid-19 as the name of the novel coronavirus.

February 11, 2020

Quid Pro Quo: No Assistance for State from Taxpayer Funds Unless Lawsuits End

President Trump threatens withholding assistance from the state of New York unless it stops the numerous lawsuits in process against his administration and businesses, labeling them as "unnecessary lawsuits & harassment".

February 13, 2020

Italy Under Pressure to Contain Covid-19

Italy, faced with the prospect of being home to the largest Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, bans all sporting and public events in several regions of northern Italy, suspends educational trips in the entire country, and encourages working from home.

February 24, 2020

The Dow Tumbles 1,000 Points

In response to the potential impact of Covid-19, Wall Street experienced a selloff, with the Dow tumbling more that 1,000 points. This drop marks the third-worst point drop in the Dow's history. However, experts and researchers say that such declines tend to see healthy rebounds.

February 24, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence Made Head of U.S. Coronavirus Task Force

President Trump names Vice President Mike Pence head of the newly formed Coronavirus Task Force, replacing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar.

February 26, 2020

Now in Every Continent of World (except Antartica) Covid-19 is Confirmed a Global Threat

Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in every continent of the world, except Antarctica.

February 26, 2020

Chad Wolf, recently appointed Secretary of Homeland Security Testifies Before Congress

See Him On YouTube

February 27, 2020

1st Covid-19 Death in the United States

A patient infected with Covid-19 in Washington state died, marking the first death due to the virus in the United States. Washington state then declares a State of Emergency.

February 29, 2020
March 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

March 1, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

March 11, 2020
President Trump Sticks with "Psychic's Prediction"

Psychic Prediction: In 2020 a Pneumonia-like Illness will Spread and then Go Away Suddenly or Quickly Disappear

Kim Kardashian West Shares Predictions of Psychic Sylvia Browne, where She Seemingly Predicts COVID-19 and Donald Trump's Position. "In around 2020 a... pneumonia-like illness will spread... [and then] it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived..."

March 11, 2020

Europe Becomes New Coronavirus Ground Zero and Begins Closing Borders

Europe is now ground zero for the Coronavirus and some European countries have started closing their borders, with there now being more cases of Covid-19 in Europe than in China.

March 16, 2020
Trump Role Plays "War-Time President"

President Trump Designates Himself a "War-Time President"

In talking to reporters, President Trump designates himself "War-Time President", stating "We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we will come through together".

Real-Time History will Later Challenge this Notion

March 18, 2020

California Issues the 1st U.S. Statewide Stay-at-Home Orders

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the U.S. Residents are not allowed to leave home except for essential things such as food, prescriptions, health care and commuting to jobs considered crucial.

March 19, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

March 21, 2020

Healthcare Workers Fighting on the Frontline Unite to Request More PPE

Healthcare Workers Rally For More Personal Protective Equipment To Fight Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Doctor Shares The Biggest Lie About COVID-19 | UK Data

March 30, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

March 31, 2020
April 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: Registered nurse describes working on the front line amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 8, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

April 10, 2020

President Trump Freezes WHO Funding

President Trump announces that the United States will freeze funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), pending formal investigation into their coronavirus response.

The President accused the organization of "severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus".

The U.S. has provided roughly 15%, or $893 million, of the WHO’s total funding over its current two year-budget period, according to the organization’s website.

April 14, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

April 20, 2020

President Trump fires Dr. Rick Bright, a leading vaccine development expert and the director of BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority).

April 21, 2020


BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) is responsible for procurement and development of countermeasures against bioterrorism, and chemical, nuclear and radiological threats as well as pandemic and emerging diseases.

April 21, 2020

U.S. Cities Lack Access to Clean Water

Communities Across America
(2 million Americans)
Lack Access to Clean Water
Rendering them Defenseless in the Fight Against Covid-19

April 21, 2020

Strong-Armed. A Doctor, Expert in Vaccines, Fired for Not Promoting Hydroxychloroquine as 'Drug of Choice'

Dr. Rick Bright says that he was demoted because he refused to promote use of hydroxychloroquine in the fight against the coronavirus, as endorsed and insisted upon by President Trump.

April 22, 2020

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on radio saying that he wants state governments to file bankruptcy, rather than provide any federal assistance to lessen the impact or harm suffered by the people there.

April 22, 2020

Despite courageous, valiant, and sometimes lethal efforts, of frontline medical workers, "War-Time" President Trump refuses to “arm his soldiers” with PPE and threatens to withhold recovery aid unless he receives personal and/or political benefit.

April 28, 2020

Quid Pro Quo: No Assistance for State from Taxpayer Funds Unless Sanctuary-City Policies Adjusted

President Trump threatens to withhold taxpayer-funded aid from states hard-hit by coronavirus outbreak unless they adjust their sanctuary-city policies -- accusing them of years of bad management.

April 28, 2020
May 2020

President Trump Tweets Encouragement and Support for Armed, Anti-Science/Anti-Quarantine Protestors

President Trump encouraged demonstrations and protests by American citizens brandishing swastikas, Confederate flags, nooses, and assault weapons. The protestors stormed Michigan state offices, after Governor Gretchen Whitmer was forced to extend a stay-at-home order to mitigate the Coronavirus outbreak in her state.

The state health department reported nearly 1,000 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 77 more deaths, bringing the totals to more than 42,300 cases and 3,866 deaths.

May 2, 2020

PSA: Former President [43] Shares Message of Love, Hope, and Faith in the American People and American Way of Life

Former President George W. Bush (43) issues PSA that speaks to the love of humanity that U.S. Presidents have held for the country and its people. He seems to honor the past, while offering hope for the future.

May 3, 2020

State and Mainstream Media (through Clever Conflation) Follow Trump Administration Lead in Shifting Weight of Coronavirus Response Upon China

Only 6o of separation.

May 3, 2020

Chad Wolf, Secretary of DHS Accuses China of Hiding Coronavirus Info and Hoarding Supplies in Report

May 3, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, world-renowned infectious disease expert, states that, based on scientific evidence, the coronavirus evolved in nature and jumped species.

May 4, 2020

Russia and United States Decline Participation in Global Coronavirus Vaccine Research Summit held by World Leaders

May 4, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Limited, Suppressed Testing

May 5, 2020

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

2 White House Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

Scientists Removed from Trump's Primary Pandemic Messaging Stream

May 7, 2020

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

"History is Written By the Winners" -- William Barr, U.S. Attorney General, Trump Administration

Trump's GOP in Lockstep, Game Planning a Barrage of Lies?

May 10, 2020

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

President Donald Trump Begins Promoting "OBAMAGATE" as the Beginning of Media Campaign to Criminalize the Presidency of his Predecessor -- African American, Barack Obama

May 10, 2020

"This is why the whole concept of tests aren't necessarily great... and might be overrated". “I like the numbers being where they are,” and testing for disease would raise the nation's case count --- suppressing testing is "common sense". (Trump 45)

May 14, 2020

Quid Pro Quo: No Assistance for States from Taxpayer Funds Unless Mail-in Voting Suppressed

In "tweets" focused on delegitimizing the practice, President Trump threatens to hold taxpayer-funded dollars from the states of Michigan and Nevada for mediating their concerns for public safety by making voting-by-mail readily available to its citizens.

May 20, 2020

President Trump Withdraws U.S. from the WHO

President Trump formally withdraws the U.S. from the WHO after criticizing the United Nations health agency for failing to sound the alarm of the novel virus emergence in a timely manner and working with China to cover up the threat.

May 29, 2020
June 2020
Trump Role Plays "Law and Order President"

President Trump Declares Himself the "Law and Order President" to Justify His Tyranny in Violently Attacking U.S. Citizens to Quiet their Protests

Following this proclamation, the immediate future would reveal the tyrannical intent of the President to quash the 1st Amendment rights of American citizens, when he deploys a "Secret Police" to attack protestors, whose right to seek redress for grievances (in protest) is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

June 1, 2020

FUN FACT: Voice of America

Voice of America began as a shortwave-based radio network transmissions on February 1, 1942. The Office of War Information took over VOA's operations in the middle of 1942. During this time its broadcasts reached the Philippines, Germany, Britain, North Africa, and Italy, among other places. By the end of World War II, VOA had 39 transmitters and provided service in 40 languages, within 1000s of programs. Programming consisted of music, news, commentary, and U.S. domestic programming, in addition to specialized VOA programming.

By 1945 about 1/2 of VOA's services were discontinued, and in late 1945, the VOA was transferred to the Department of State. In 1947, VOA started broadcasting to Soviet citizens in Russia. Over the next few years, the U.S. government debated the best role of Voice of America. The decision was made to use VOA broadcasts as a part of its foreign policy to fight the propaganda of the Soviet Union and other countries. Most of the countries targeted by VOA sponsored jamming of VOA broadcasts signals.

In 1953, control of the VOA passed from the State Department to the U.S. Information Agency and began transmitting worldwide, including to the countries behind the Iron Curtain and to the People's Republic of China. Starting in 1955, the VOA broadcast American jazz on Voice of America Jazz Hour and did so until 2003.

June 3, 2020
Senate Confirms Trump's Pick

Trump Brings Questionable Credibility to Voice of America as Hand-Picked Loyalist Confirmed as New Head

President Trump began his attacks against Voice of America in early April 2020, when he accused the news service of spreading Chinese propaganda about the country's effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In an official statement, the White House charged VOA with speaking for "America's adversaries --- not its citizens".

The White House also took issue with VOA showing a video of a light show in Wuhan that celebrated the end of the lockdown in that city, and with the news agency labeling Chinese efforts in Wuhan as a "model" for other nations.

On June 4, 2020, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Pack, a Trump nominee and Steve Bannon ally, as the new director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the federal agency that oversees Voice of America and other international broadcasting entities.

Through his company Manifold Productions, Inc., Pack worked on film projects with former Trump chief strategist and co-founder of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, and wrote, directed and produced many documentaries.

Pack's non-profit business dealings were the subject of an investigation by the Washington D.C. attorney general, where it was suspected that he funneled over $1.6 million from his non-profit business into his production company.

June 4, 2020

Re-Election Campaign Rally: Trump and Supporters Ignore Guidance of Experts and Scientists in Social Free-for-All

President Trump holds re-election campaign rally in Tulsa, OK, attended by at least 6.2K supporters. Despite the spiked increase in COVID-19 cases, the majority in attendance wore no masks and failed to observe social distancing guidelines.

June 20, 2020

Startling Confession About Suppression of Testing by the President

President Trump confesses, at a campaign rally for his 2nd term of office, that he ordered a reduction in testing for infection to keep the numbers down for better optics.

June 21, 2020

African-Descended Still Being Used as Medical Guinea Pigs in 21st Century

The British Empires Selects South Africans and Afro-Brazilians as Guinea Pigs for Testing their Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines

June 24, 2020

Fmr. US Chief Data Scientist: COVID Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon | Amanpour and Company

June 25, 2020

Sanjay Gupta: I'm concerned because it feels like we've given up at this point | CNN

June 27, 2020

A U.S. Intelligence Report that Russia Paid Bounties to Taliban to Kill American Servicemen is made Public. The President Made Two Statements: (1) He was never provided this information, and then (2) The report is a malicious lie against Russia, a hoax.

June 27, 2020

Coronavirus IX: Evictions: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

June 28, 2020

Emoluments and 45

The Trump Organization owns/operates 17 different golf courses around the world -- 12 in the USA. The Secret Service has spent over $133 million (and counting) in support of Trump's over 300 golf course visits since the start of his presidency.

June 28, 2020
Trump Role Plays "Fascist Leader President Trump"

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

Using Twitter, President Trump shared a video shouting out "White Power!" After offering thanks to those whom he termed "great people", the President removed the strong, precedent setting message that had been delivered [at once] to the nation and world.

June 28, 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:
2.6 million

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Suppressed Testing

June 29, 2020

Gaslighting. Manipulation. Messaging.

In Support of Deadly Violence as the Means by which to Counter Protests, President Trump Shares Video of St. Louis Couple Brandishing a Pistol and a Military-grade AR-15 Rifle at Passing Protestors.

June 29, 2020
July 2020

Total (Reported) Cases:
10.7 million

Total (Reported) Deaths:

Total Recovered:
5.9 million

July 1, 2020

In a Stunning Mandate, Russian Voters Agree to Allow the Current President, Vladimir Putin, to Seek 2 More Terms to Extend His Rule Until 2036.

Will this News Taunt and Inspire Our Current U.S. President?

July 1, 2020

Trump Discards the Well-Thought Obama Administration Coronavirus "Playbook"

Bush, Obama Admin. Had ‘Eloquent & Detailed’ Pandemic Playbook Which Trump Ignored | All In | MSNBC

July 1, 2020

Coronavirus, at Some Point, will 'Sorta Disappear' (President Trump)

Speaking to the American People by Interview, President Trump States that he Thinks (and Hopes) that the Coronavirus will at Some Point "Sorta Disappear" and Despite a Climbing Number Cases and Deaths that "We're Gonna be Very Good" with the Coronavirus"

July 1, 2020

President Trump Orders All Hospitals to Bypass the CDC when Reporting Coronavirus Patient Data

In another unprecedented move from the Executive Office, the Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and send coronavirus patient data directly to the selected administration officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

All patient data must be entered into digital forms connected via computer to the HHS secure data services.

As President Trump has assumed direct responsibility for collecting, disseminating, and reporting (think White House Press Briefing), current and former public health officials fear that bypassing CDC will result in the politicization of the findings and the omission of experts from the public health narrative, and thereby undermine the public good, safety, and health.

July 14, 2020
Trump Role Plays "U.S. 1st Tyrannical Authoritarian" in Desperate Bid for Base Loyalty

Trumps Sends Armed Troops to Put Down 1st Amendment Protests in American Cities

By way of the Department of Homeland Security, and newly appointed, acting Secretary, Chad Wolf, President Trump deployed armed federal officers to at least three of the U.S. cities (Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.) that have seen significant protests for African Americans Justice under the banner of "Black Lives Matter".

July 15, 2020
Trump Role Plays "Comported, Serious President"

After a 3 Month Absence the President Reconvenes the Coronavirus Task Force Briefings

President Trump Gave His First COVID-19 Briefing In Months. Here’s How It Went. | MSNBC

July 22, 2020