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