The American Catastrophe Coronavirus Strikes a Nation Unprepared

The first coronavirus infection in the United States was confirmed in Seattle 100 days ago. A team of DER SPIEGEL reporters has documented what has happened since, following a dozen people as they struggle to come to terms with the health catastrophe.
A bus passenger in New York on April 3: A world power in freefall.

A bus passenger in New York on April 3: A world power in freefall.

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Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng

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Product developer Randall Harward

Product developer Randall Harward

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Revellers on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on March 15: One of the largest sources of infection

Revellers on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on March 15: One of the largest sources of infection

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Aimee Howard and her husband

Aimee Howard and her husband

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Aimee Knight had to lay off all her employees.

Aimee Knight had to lay off all her employees.

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A COVID-19 victim in Albany on April 7: "How are you supposed to flatten the curve when people can't even wash themselves?"

A COVID-19 victim in Albany on April 7: "How are you supposed to flatten the curve when people can't even wash themselves?"

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Demonstrators at a "Freedom Rally" against the Lockdown in San Diego on April 18: "We're keeping an eye on the situation."

Demonstrators at a "Freedom Rally" against the Lockdown in San Diego on April 18: "We're keeping an eye on the situation."

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