On Jan. 1, 2020, as the world welcomed a new decade, Chinese authorities in Wuhan shut down a seafood market in the central city of 11 million, suspecting that an outbreak of a new "viral pneumonia" affecting 27 people might be linked to the site.
6 Feb 2020. Wuhan, China. Reuters/China Daily
Medical workers in protective suits attend to COVID-19 patients at the intensive care unit of a designated hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
15 Jun 2020. Manaus, Brazil. Reuters/Bruno Kelly
The Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil.
27 Mar 2020. Milan, Italy. Reuters/Flavio Lo Scalzo
Multiple members of medical staff in protective suits are needed to move an 18-year-old COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy.
13 Apr 2020. Leganes, Spain. Reuters/Susana Vera
Health workers wearing protective face masks react during a tribute for their co-worker Esteban, a male nurse that died of the coronavirus disease outside the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, Spain.
1 Jul 2020. Peruwelz, Belgium. Reuters/Yves Herman
Lily Hendrickx, 83, a resident at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoys hugs and cuddles with Marie-Christine Desoer, the director of the residence, through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz, Belgium.
7 Apr 2020. San Francisco, United States. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
A coyote stands by the roadside at Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California, United States.
18 Mar 2020. New York, United States. Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Ballet dancer and performer Ashlee Montague of New York wears a gas mask while she dances in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, United States.
9 Apr 2020. Brasilia, Brazil. Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino
Catholic priest Jonathan Costa prays among photos of faithful, attached on the church's benches before a mass, which was live streamed at the Santuario Dom Bosco church in Brasilia, Brazil.
2 Mar 2020. Tokyo, Japan. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
Crowds wearing protective masks at Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan.
20 Mar 2020. San Fiorano, Italy. Via Reuters/Marzio Toniolo
Marzio Toniolo takes a picture of his two-year-old daughter Bianca painting his toenails as his wife Chiara Zuddas looks out from their balcony in San Fiorano, Italy.
20 May 2020. Laudium, South Africa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
People stand in a queue to receive food aid at the Itireleng informal settlement, near Laudium suburb in Pretoria, South Africa.
In South Africa in May, at the Itireleng informal settlement near Laudium suburb in Pretoria, people waited in a queue that stretched as far as the eye could see to receive food aid.
As 2020 heads to its close, vaccines are on the horizon. There is hope that some aspects of life as we knew it will return.