It was March 11, 2020 when things got real with COVID-19 and the pandemic the world was thrust into.
Just before 11:00 AM Eastern, Dr. Anthony Fauci got a taste of the spotlight that he has come to love, testifying before Congress and saying the coronavirus outbreak was going to get bad. Currently there were 647 confirmed cases.
Less than two hours later, at 12:26 p.m. the director Bernal of the World Health Organization officially labeled COVID-19 a global pandemic.
That afternoon, the sports world started to become affected in a big way. At 1:54, San Francisco was the epicenter of big announcements, as the mayor, London Breed put a stop to gatherings of over 1,000 people in the city. The Golden State Warriors said they would play their game the next night without fans in the stands.
The biggest story of the day happened around 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Tom Hanks, on a movie set in Australia, said he and his wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for COVID-19 and were quarantining.
At 8:00 p.m., the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz were warming up to play their NBA game that night. Right before tipoff, the officials huddled with the coaches to tell them the game was being called off. Rudy Gobert, the center for the Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced at 9:31 P.m. that the NBA would suspend the rest of the NBA season for the foreseeable future.
The next 364 days would present unique challenges for every single person living on planet Earth.