A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4 as part of a local kindergarten’s “teacher at home” program implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images

The Global Pandemic: A Year in Photos

The coronavirus pandemic—the defining event of 2020—left no corner of the world untouched as it closed down countries, upset economies, and took the lives of nearly 2 million people. A look at some of the powerful images from this historic year.

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Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in for a flight at Beijing Capital Airport on Jan. 30. The number of coronavirus cases at this point was more than 7,000 in mainland China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Jan. 30: Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in for a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport. The number of coronavirus cases at this point was more than 7,000 in mainland China.

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A shopper sorts items in her cart as she stands next to bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and kitchen towels, in Hong Kong on Feb. 6. Panic buyers descended on supermarkets to snap up toilet paper after claims of shortages. PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images

Feb. 6: A shopper sorts items in her cart as she stands next to bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and paper towels, in Hong Kong. Panicked buyers descended on supermarkets to snap up toilet paper after claims of shortages.

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A nurse adjusts his goggles in an intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 26.. STR/AFP via Getty Images

Feb. 26: A nurse adjusts his goggles in an intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients at a hospital in Wuhan, China.

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Coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China, line up at Wuhan No. 5 Hospital on March 3 as they wait to be transferred to Leishenshan Hospital, one of two new field hospitals built in under two weeks specifically for those infected by the virus. STR/AFP via Getty Images

March 3: Coronavirus patients in Wuhan line up as they wait to be transferred to one of two field hospitals built in under two weeks specifically for those infected with the virus.

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A woman gestures from aboard the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on March 8. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

March 8: A woman gestures from aboard the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship as it maintains a holding pattern off the coast of San Francisco. Three days later, on March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

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The Rev. Giuseppe Corbari, a priest in the village of Robbiano, Italy, near Milan, celebrates Mass in front of photographs of his congregation attached to empty pews March 22. The priest appealed to his parishioners to send him selfies so he wouldn’t be alone when celebrating Mass. PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images

March 22: The Rev. Giuseppe Corbari, a priest in the village of Robbiano, Italy, near Milan, celebrates Mass in front of photos of his congregation attached to empty pews. The priest appealed to parishioners to send him selfies so he wouldn’t be alone when celebrating Mass.

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Gonzaga Yiga, a 49-year-old community chairman, makes an appeal to residents through a megaphone from the tallest building in Kampala, Uganda, on March 24. Yiga takes his perch every morning and evening to explain how the coronavirus spreads and how to avoid it. BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

March 24: Gonzaga Yiga, a 49-year-old community chairman, makes an appeal to residents through a megaphone from the tallest building in Kampala, Uganda. Yiga takes his perch every morning and evening to explain how the coronavirus spreads and how to avoid it.

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Medical workers step outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City on March 26. Elmhurst reported 13 deaths from coronavirus in a 24-hour span earlier that week. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

March 26: Medical workers step outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City. Elmhurst reported 13 deaths from coronavirus in a 24-hour span earlier that week.

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A police officer chases street vendors in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26 after the president directed the public to shelter in place for 32 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus. BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

March 26: A police officer chases street vendors in Kampala, Uganda, after the president directed the public to shelter in place for 32 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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French opera singer Stéphane Sénéchal performs the song “O Sole Mio” from his window in Paris on March 26. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images

March 26: French opera singer Stéphane Sénéchal performs the song “O Sole Mio” from his window in Paris.

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From a platform of the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in Paris on April 1, a medical worker looks through the window of a medicalized TGV high-speed train before its evacuation of coronavirus patients. The patients were being transferred from Paris’s hospitals to those in the Brittany region of western France, where the outbreak has so far been limited. THOMAS SAMSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

April 1: From a platform of the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in Paris, a medical worker looks through the window of a medicalized TGV high-speed train before its evacuation of coronavirus patients. Patients were transferred from Paris’s hospitals to those in the Brittany region of western France, where the outbreak has so far been limited.

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Protective masks bearing the names of medical workers are pinned to a wall at a field hospital for coronavirus patients in Cremona, Italy, on April 2. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

April 2: Protective masks bearing the names of medical workers are pinned to a wall at a field hospital for coronavirus patients in Cremona, Italy.

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A temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients is set up at a convention center in Madrid on April 3. 
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April 3: A temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients is set up at a convention center in Madrid.

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Elderly women try to keep up social distancing as they wait to enroll in government social-aid programs in Ozumba, Mexico, on April 3. PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images

April 3: Elderly women try to keep up social distancing as they wait to enroll in government social-aid programs in Ozumba, Mexico.

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Medics intubate a patient with COVID-19 symptoms at his home in Yonkers, New York, on April 6. The man, 92, was barely breathing when they arrived. John Moore/Getty Images

April 6: Medics intubate a patient with COVID-19 symptoms at his home in Yonkers, New York. The man, 92, was barely breathing when they arrived.

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On April 10, health care workers mourn their co-worker Esteban, a nurse who died of the coronavirus at Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, Spain. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

April 10: Health care workers mourn their co-worker, a nurse who died of COVID-19, at Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, Spain.

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Brazilian World War II veteran Ermando Armelino Piveta, 99, is discharged from the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia on April 14 after being treated for COVID-19. “Winning this battle was for me bigger than winning the war,” he said. EVARISTO SA/AFP via Getty Images

April 14: Brazilian World War II veteran Ermando Armelino Piveta, 99, is discharged from the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia after being treated for COVID-19. “Winning this battle was for me bigger than winning the war,” he said.

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Municipal workers in Arequipa, the second-largest city in Peru, scrub the streets surrounding a market on April 15—a sanitary measure to fight the spread of the coronavirus. DIEGO RAMOS/AFP via Getty Images

April 15: Municipal workers in Arequipa, the second-largest city in Peru, scrub the streets surrounding a market—a sanitary measure to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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A man being tested for COVID-19 reacts as a medical worker takes a swab sample in Wuhan, China, on April 16. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

April 16: A man being tested for COVID-19 reacts as a medical worker takes a swab sample in Wuhan.

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Health care workers stand in the street in counterprotest to hundreds of people who gathered at the state Capitol in Denver, Colorado, on April 19 to demand that stay-at-home orders be lifted. Alyson McClaran/REUTERS

April 19: Health care workers stand in the street in counterprotest to hundreds of people who gathered at the state Capitol in Denver to demand that stay-at-home orders be lifted.

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Alisha Narvaez, a manager at International Funeral & Cremation Services, transports a body to the funeral home in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on April 24. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

April 24: Alisha Narvaez, a manager at International Funeral & Cremation Services, transports a body to the funeral home in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

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A visitor talks to a resident at Les Jardins d’Astrid, an assisted-living facility in Maurage, La Louvière, Belgium, on April 29. THIERRY ROGE/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images

April 29: A visitor talks to a resident at Les Jardins d’Astrid, an assisted-living facility in Maurage, La Louvière, Belgium.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, sans mask, tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory that produces N95 masks in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 5. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

May 5: U.S. President Donald Trump, sans mask, tours a factory that produces N95 masks in Phoenix.

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A man walks past banners depicting spectators in the stands prior to South Korea’s new baseball season opening game in Incheon on May 5. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images

May 5: A man walks past banners depicting spectators in the stands prior to South Korea’s new baseball season opening game in Incheon.

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Nurses assigned to the Infectious Diseases Unit at Kenyatta University Hospital practice dance moves during a Zumba class at the hospital compound in Nairobi on May 17. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

May 17: Nurses assigned to the Infectious Diseases Unit at Kenyatta University Hospital practice dance moves during a Zumba class at the hospital compound in Nairobi.

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Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan activist and government critic, is arrested by police officers in Kampala on May 18 during a protest she organized calling for more food distributions by the government to people who have been financially struggling by the nationwide lockdown. SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images

May 18: Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan activist and government critic, is arrested by police officers in Kampala during a protest she organized calling for more food distributions by the government to people who have been struggling amid the nationwide lockdown.

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Patrick Hand adds crosses to the 2,000 already on the walls of Balally Parish’s Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Dublin, Ireland, on May 20. Each cross represents a victim of the coronavirus in Ireland and Northern Ireland. PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images

May 20: Patrick Hand adds crosses to the 2,000 already on the walls of Balally Parish’s Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Dublin. Each cross represents a victim of the coronavirus in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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A woman sunbathes in a roped-off zone on the beach in La Grande Motte, southern France, on May 21, as the nation eased lockdown measures. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU/AFP via Getty Images

May 21: A woman sunbathes in a roped-off zone on the beach in La Grande Motte, southern France, as the nation eased lockdown measures.

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People gather inside painted circles on the grass, which encourage social distancing, at Dolores Park in San Francisco, California, on May 22. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

May 22: People gather inside painted circles on the grass, which encourage social distancing, at Dolores Park in San Francisco.

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Health care workers—including one (center) holding a sign that reads “14% of healthcare workers in Madrid are infected”—protest for a reinforced health care system outside the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid on May 25. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

May 25: Health care workers—including one (center) holding a sign that reads “14% of healthcare workers in Madrid are infected”—protest outside the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, calling for a reinforced health care system.

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Following a socially distanced graduation ceremony, high school seniors and their families watch fireworks at the Bahrain International Circuit car racing track in Sakhir, Bahrain, on June 10. MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images

June 10: Following a socially distanced graduation ceremony, high school seniors and their families watch fireworks at the Bahrain International Circuit car racing track in Sakhir.

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A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to a soldier as she takes part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown outside the army headquarters in Brasilia on June 14. SERGIO LIMA/AFP via Getty Images

June 14: A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to a soldier as she takes part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown outside the army headquarters in Brasilia.

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A protester is hit by a police water cannon during a demonstration in Nantes, France, on June 16 as part of a nationwide day of protests to demand better working conditions for health care workers. LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

June 16: A protester is hit by a police water cannon during a demonstration in Nantes, France, as part of a nationwide day of protests to demand better working conditions for health care workers.

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Gravediggers work at the municipal cemetery in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, on June 22. YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images

June 22: Gravediggers work at the municipal cemetery in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

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A worker pastes portraits of health care workers on the facade of the Opera Bastille in Paris on July 8—an initiative to pay tribute to caregivers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images

July 8: A worker pastes portraits of health care workers on the facade of the Opera Bastille in Paris—an initiative to pay tribute to caregivers on the front lines of the pandemic.

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Chilean lawmaker Pamela Jiles runs through congress wearing a pink cape and waving matching fans to celebrate passage in the lower house of a coronavirus emergency aid measure in Valparaiso, Chile, on July 15. Rodrigo Garrido/REUTERS

July 15: Chilean lawmaker Pamela Jiles runs through congress wearing a pink cape and waving matching fans to celebrate passage in the lower house of a coronavirus emergency aid measure in Valparaiso, Chile.

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A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4 as part of a local kindergarten’s “teacher at home” program implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images

Aug. 4: A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, as part of a local kindergarten’s teacher at home program implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation.

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Isolating students peer out of their window as they are interviewed by a television crew in Manchester, England, on Sept. 28. Around 1,700 students across two student housing blocks were told to self-isolate for 14 days after more than 100 students tested positive for COVID-19. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Sept. 28: Isolating students peer out of their window as they are interviewed by a television crew in Manchester, England. Around 1,700 students across two student housing blocks were told to self-quarantine for 14 days after more than 100 students tested positive for the coronavirus.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows rubs his head as U.S. Navy Commander Sean Conley, the White House physician, speaks to the media about Donald Trump’s health after the president was hospitalized with COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 4. Erin Scott/REUTERS

Oct. 4: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows rubs his head as U.S. Navy Commander Sean Conley, the White House physician, speaks to the media about Trump’s health after the president was hospitalized with COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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U.S. President Donald Trump takes off his face mask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for COVID-19, in Washington on Oct. 5. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

Oct. 5: Trump removes his face mask as he arrives at the White House in Washington upon his return from Walter Reed, where he underwent treatment for COVID-19.

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Dana Clark and her 18-month-old son, Mason, wait in line at City Hall in New Orleans on Oct. 16 as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election. Clark said she donned the protective plastic cover because didn’t know how many people would be wearing masks in line, and her child doesn’t have one. She also works as a teacher and wanted to take precautions for her students’ sakes. Kathleen Flynn/REUTERS

Oct. 16: Dana Clark and her 18-month-old son, Mason, wait in line at City Hall in New Orleans as early voting begins for the U.S. presidential election. Clark said she donned the protective plastic cover because she didn’t know how many people would be wearing masks in line, and her child doesn’t have one. She also works as a teacher and wanted to take precautions for her students’ sakes.

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A resident (left) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, Italy, hugs her visiting daughter through a plastic barrier in a “Hug Room” on Nov. 11. PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images

Nov. 11: A resident (left) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, Italy, hugs her visiting daughter through a plastic barrier in a Hug Room.

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Cars line up for COVID-19 testing in the Dodger Stadium parking lot in Los Angeles on Nov. 14. After California passed 1 million coronavirus cases, a travel advisory was issued urging a two-week quarantine for those arriving from other states or countries. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Nov. 14: Cars line up for coronavirus testing in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. After California passed 1 million coronavirus cases, a travel advisory was issued urging a two-week quarantine for those arriving from other states or countries.

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Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26.  Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Nov. 26: Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Thanksgiving.

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Santa chats with a visiting child in Seattle, Washington, on Dec. 6. David Ryder/Getty Images

Dec. 6: Santa chats with a visiting child through a plastic barrier in Seattle.

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Nurse May Parsons (right) administers the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan, 90, at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, on Dec. 8, making Keenan the first person to receive the vaccine in the country’s biggest immunization program. JACOB KING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Dec. 8: Nurse May Parsons administers the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, making Keenan the first person to receive the vaccine in the country’s biggest immunization program.

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A team of health care workers, including physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, and respiratory specialists, work together to turn a patient from their stomach onto their back in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, on Dec. 16. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Dec. 16: Health care workers turn a patient from their stomach onto their back in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

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