Although studies now demonstrate that the virus had already commenced its rapid spread across the country in late 2019, many Americans were still completely unaware of what the "novel coronavirus" was, and of the looming health crisis -- one that would underscore the lack of national and global preparedness to deal with such a pandemic.
Ending the emergency declaration now would be premature, experts said. Lifting the emergency declaration will have a major impact on the healthcare system and the temporary policies set in place, which would affect many Americans.
As those who have so far escaped the virus venture out into reopened environments, should they worry more or less about risk than people who were infected before them? Some experts weigh in with caution against feeling invincible.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed since Russian forces started bombing populated areas across Ukraine, according to numerous reports. At least one cluster munition strike hit a hospital, killing four and injuring 10.