While some changes happened gradually, there was one day that marked the beginning of the new normal, though that wasn't clear as the day began. March 11, 2020. On that day in the United States, the pandemic future arrived all at once. … Dr. Fauci testifies: "It's going to get worse" … WHO declares a pandemic — and stocks plunge … In prime-time Oval Office address, Trump bans travel from Europe … Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for the virus … An NBA game is halted just before tipoff.