President Trump, reflected in a television camera, speaks with the coronavirus task force at a White House briefing on March 18. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Trump, with Alex Azar, left, and Steve Monroe of the CDC, holds a picture of the coronavirus during a tour of the CDC in Atlanta on March 6. (Getty Images)
Flowers are tied to trees with ribbons on March 13 outside Life Care Center, a long-term-care facility in Kirkland, Wash., that was linked to multiple coronavirus cases. (Reuters)
Jackie Copeland wipes down her cart in an effort to protect against the coronavirus before shopping at a Walmart in Fairfield, Calif., on Feb. 29. (Nick Otto for The Washington Post)
It may never be known how many thousands of deaths, or millions of infections, might have been prevented with a response that was more coherent, urgent and effective. But even now, there are many indications that the administration’s handling of the crisis had potentially devastating consequences.