Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 480 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: Bill Gates is stepping down from the board of Microsoft.
President Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks in the Rose Garden. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP
After several months of delays, the federal government is treating coronavirus like a dire threat.
Trump declared a national state of emergency, freeing up as much as $50 billion in funds for municipalities and states to fight the outbreak.
The big picture: The U.S. is woefully behind on testing and has shortages of emergency health infrastructure like respirators, masks and materials for testing.
Between the lines: Trump said he hasn't been tested, despite coming into contact with multiple people who are confirmed cases.
The bottom line: The economic crisis will not abate until we fix the public health crisis.
Go deeper: Highlights from the Rose Garden
Above: Shelves normally stocked with hand wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper sit empty at an Arlington Target as people stockpile supplies.
Below: The Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol is empty. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center has suspended all public tours until the end of March.
Host Stephen Colbert greeting the audience during a taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in New York back in February. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via AP
Live television audiences are temporarily a thing of the past, and it's quite an adjustment, the AP reports.
On “The View,” staff members tried vainly to replicate the noise that would normally come from a full crowd of tourists.