Biden ‘Inheriting A Disaster’ As Virus Continues To Grip Nation

“On Jan. 20, 2020, a 35-year-old man who had recently returned to the United States from Wuhan, China, was admitted to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., suffering from fever, cough and general fatigue.

He turned out to be Patient One — the first of 24 million people in the United States who over the next year would test positive for the novel coronavirus.

Exactly one year later, as Joe Biden takes the presidential oath of office, he will inherit a pandemic that has sickened and killed more people — and caused anguish and hardship across the nation — at a scale not seen since the influenza pandemic of 1918.”

Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun, and Fenit Nirappil report for the Washington Post January 20, 2021.