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A Year That Changed The World [Infographic]

Reflecting on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published March 2021

In 2020, life changed across the globe.

Though initially discovered in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, COVID-19 entered the national conversation in the U.S. in January 2020, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted the nation of the outbreak abroad. Later that month, the first national case of COVID-19 was reported in Washington state, and then the virus made its way to Chicago.

The outbreak escalated quickly from there, during a period of uncertainty about how the virus was transmitted, how quickly it could spread and how much of a threat it was to public health.

By March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared COVID-19 a global health emergency and named the virus "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" or "SARS-CoV-2." It was also in March that WHO officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

A year later, Northwestern Medicine looks back, outlining the moments that are important to remember as well as those that will never be forgotten.

To take a closer look back, we invite you to read through our COVID-19 content, with some key moments outlined below:

  1. A City-Wide Mobilization to Protect the Community
  2. Technology Enhances Safety
  3. Northwestern Scientists Transform Lab for COVID-19 Testing
  4. Northwestern Medicine Addresses Food Insecurity
  5. Continuing Care in the Community Amidst COVID-19
  6. Personal Protective Equipment Keeps The Boulevard in Business
  7. Give to The COVID-19 Relief Fund at Northwestern Medicine
  8. One-Step Diagnostic Tool Receives NSF RAPID Grant
  9. Monitoring COVID-19 From Hospital to Home: First Wearable Device Continuously Tracks Key Symptoms
  10. Northwestern Team Develops New Antibody Test for COVID-19
  11. COVID-19 Drug Trial Launches at Northwestern Medicine
  12. Antibody Testing Research Receives NSF RAPID grant
  13. Double-Lung Transplant Saves Patient After COVID-19
  14. Offering a Community Health Partnership Between Clergy and Northwestern Medicine Physicians
  15. Northwestern Launches COVID-19 Registry for Vaccine Trials
  16. Education and Community for Patients Recovering From COVID-19
  17. Meet the Two COVID-19 Patients Who Received Double-Lung Transplants at Northwestern Medicine
  18. Wearable COVID-19 Sensor Receives Major Award from U.S. Department of Defense
  19. Northwestern Joins #MaskUp Campaign
  20. Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
  21. Infectious Disease Specialist Answers Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
  22. Clinic Addresses Neurological Effects of COVID-19
  23. Comprehensive COVID-19 Center Launches at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  24. Why I Got Vaccinated
  25. Northwestern Health Care Providers Protest Racism in Quiet but Powerful Moment
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