How the virus changed the world – .

How the virus changed the world – .

Two years ago on Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory illness was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about the length of the coronavirus pandemic.
The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since this first case. Most people on earth have experienced some form of confinement. 54% of the world’s population have had at least one vaccination, although the injections have been unevenly distributed.

  • We know a lot more about the disease and how to treat it, but the end is still not in sight.

Here is a preview the course of the global pandemic over the past two years:

  • December 8, 2019: The first known patient in Wuhan, China is showing symptoms of an illness that would later be identified as COVID-19.
  • February 23, 2020: Italy becomes the first country outside of China to impose lockdown. Much of Europe, and later the world, will follow.
  • 11 mars 2020 : WHO declares a pandemic. 4,616 deaths were recorded.
  • Avril 2020 : School closures affect 82% of students worldwide, according to UNESCO.
  • September 28, 2020: The world is going through 1 million deaths, with the United States and Brazil recording the most deaths.
  • December 2020: The FDA clears the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use on December 11, followed by the Moderna vaccine on December 18.
  • 24 mars 2021 : With a brutal second wave, fueled by the Delta variant, India is suspending vaccine exports. India will become the global epicenter of the pandemic.
  • Beginning of July 2021: After dropping sharply in the spring, cases are starting to rise again in the US and EU, with the unvaccinated hardest hit.
  • July 29, 2021: Israel announces that it will start giving booster shots, starting a trend in most rich countries.
  • November 1, 2021: The official worldwide death toll has reached 5 million.
  • November 5, 2021: Half of the world’s population has had at least one injection.
  • November 25, 2021: South Africa reports the Omicron variant.


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