Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic, FRONTLINE’s first major documentary on the coronavirus crisis, is a startling tale of two Washingtons — tracing the very different preparations and responses by the federal government and by Washington state, where the first known U.S. case of COVID-19 was identified back in January.

Veteran science reporter Miles O’Brien has been on the ground in Washington state covering this story for FRONTLINE for over a month. Miles tells the vivid story of America’s “patient one,” a 35-year-old man who had recently returned to Seattle from Wuhan, China. Miles hears from some of the first doctors, public health experts, and politicians in the U.S. to confront the virus, and finds they had been preparing for this kind of threat and on alert for quite some time. But, as the report details, in those critical first weeks, a sense of urgency and alarm wasn’t being expressed by President Trump and his administration, which continued to insist that the risk was small.

Coronavirus Pandemic traces the halting federal response, identifying early warnings and missed opportunities to potentially save lives as the outbreak spread — from the failure of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 test, to an ongoing struggle for critical medical and protective equipment that some officials liken to the “Hunger Games.”

This documentary takes a crucial and sobering look at how we reached this point and the challenges that lie ahead.

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