This week marks the unofficial one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock)

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down our lives. Though the pandemic had already been recognized in China and a few cases had even been found in the United States, it wasn't until states began shutting down and President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13 that we began to understand just how serious the threat was.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.