Go read this BuzzFeed News oral history of March 11th, 2020

Go read this BuzzFeed News oral history of March 11th, 2020


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Everyone had a different moment when the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic snapped into place. It may have been the day they heard a report about a case in their area, the moment someone got sent home from work, or the day schools closed.

For many people, it was March 11th, 2020 — the day the news never stopped and the virus upended everything. The National Basketball Association suspended its season; Tom Hanks announced that he tested positive for coronavirus; and the World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced that the COVID-19 outbreak was a pandemic.

BuzzFeed Newstalked to scientists, producers, campaign advisers, Broadway performers, NBA players, and others to capture what it was like to live through the moments that…

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