By BRIAN A. HOWEY

INDIANAPOLIS — The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming the story of our time. As Sen. Todd Young explained, unlike the Great Recession of 2008-09 and the Oil Shock recession of 1979-82, what we are experiencing today is a double hammer: A pandemic and a severe economic panic.

The Hoosier State is poised to go from a historic low 3.1% unemployment rate to double digits in the span of a month. At least one pandemic model says 2,400 Hoosiers will die.

Tough times shift our attention to leadership. Here are quotes from President Trump and Gov. Eric Holcomb as the pandemic approached the U.S. and then impacted our nation and state.

President Trump

Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” – CNBC interview.

Feb. 10: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” – New Hampshire rally.

Feb. 24: “The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock market starting to look very good to me!” – On Twitter.

Feb. 25: “China is working very, very hard. I have spoken to President Xi, and they are working very hard. If you know anything about him, I think he will be in pretty good shape. I think that is a problem that is going to go away.”

Feb. 26: “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.” – At a White House news conference.

Feb. 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” – News conference.

Feb, 28: “The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. ... They tried anything. ... And this is their new hoax.” – At a MAGA rally in South Carolina.

Feb. 29: “If you are healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine. Healthy individuals should be able to fully recover, and we think that will be a statement that we can make with great surety now that we’ve gotten familiar with this problem.” – At a press conference after the first American COVID-19 death was reported in Washington state.

Feb. 29: “I would rather because I like the numbers being where they are; I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault. And it wasn’t the fault of the people on the ship either, OK? It wasn’t their fault either and they’re mostly Americans. So, I can live either way with it. I’d rather have them stay on, personally.” – At a White House press briefing.

March 3: “I would view it as something that just surprised the whole world. Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. I just think this is something … that you can never really think is going to happen.” – At a news conference.

March 4: “I think the 3.4% [fatality rate] is really a false number.” – Fox News interview.

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.” – Briefing with airline CEOs.

March 6: “Anybody right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests and the tests are beautiful.”– At the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

March 9: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power ... to inflame the coronavirus situation.” – Twitter

March 9: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” –  Twitter.

March 10: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” – Meeting with Republican senators.

March 13: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” – At a news conference after he was asked about a lack of testing, blaming an unspecified “set of circumstances” and “rules, regulations and specifications from a different time.”

March 14: “We’re using the full power of the federal government to defeat the virus, and that’s what we’ve been doing.” – News conference.

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.” – News conference.

March 16:  “So it could be right in that period of time where it, I say, wash – it washes through. Other people don’t like that term. But where it washes through. We have an invisible enemy. This is a bad one. This is a very bad one.” – At a news conference.

March 17: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” – News conference.

March 18: “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the ‘borders’ from China – against the wishes of almost all.” – Twitter.

March 19: “We took the best economy we’ve ever had and we said ‘Stop. You can’t work. You have to stay home.’ ... Here’s a case we’re paying a lot of money to stop things because we don’t want people to be together so that this virus doesn’t continue onward.” – News conference.

March 23: “America will again, and soon, be open for business – very soon – a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. ... We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” – News conference.

March 23: “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.” - News conference

March 24: “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full? You’ll have packed churches all over our country.” – Fox News virtual town hall.

March 26: “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes they’ll have two ventilators, and now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’” — Fox News interview.

March 28: “WE WILL WIN THIS WAR. When we achieve this victory, we will emerge stronger and more united than ever before!” – Twitter.

March 29: “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won.” – News conference.

March 29: “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’re coming out with a faster one this week.” – In conference call with governors.

March 30: “We’re going to have a great victory.” – News conference.

March 31: “This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is gonna be a very bad two – or maybe even three – weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we haven’t seen before. This is going to be a very painful – a very, very painful – two weeks.” – Task force briefing.

March 31: “I knew everything. I knew it could be horrible, I knew it could be maybe good. I don’t want to be a negative person. This is really easy to be negative about. But I want to give people hope too. You know I’m a cheerleader for the country – we are going through the worst thing that the country has probably ever seen.” – Coronavirus task force briefing.

Gov. Eric Holcomb

Feb. 27:
“Look at the numbers right now. This is a remarkable turnaround. When my immediate predecessor was in office when this was unfolding, he took unprecedented action in declaring a health emergency down in Scott County, and when you look at the statistics now, this is a before-and-after case study. And the rest of the story is, folks are looking at how we did address that.” – Gov. Holcomb defending Gov. Mike Pence’s handling of the Scott County HIV outbreak after President Trump named Vice President Pence head of the coronavirus task force.

March 7: “With the help of our federal, state and local partners, Indiana is responding to this case as we have planned and prepared for weeks. The Hoosier who has been diagnosed has taken responsible steps to stay isolated.” – On signing an executive order declaring a public health emergency after the first COVID-19 cases was reported.

March 10: “They made the right decision for them and that should underscore the main point that we all need to take from this: We need to adapt to the facts on the ground and there is no ‘one size fits all.’” – On Avon schools closing after a COVID-19 case was reported.

March 10: “We’re remarkably prepared and you’re seeing that play out right now in our coordination. Again, this is all about staying informed to the facts on the ground as they change and they will continue to change. We plan to, through the state department of health, continue to put out up-to-date information on a daily basis.”

March 12: “This is a time when we must do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect our most vulnerable populations and reduce their potential to acquire or spread this virus. While some actions are drastic, now, not later, is the time to act. I fully expect there will be additional actions warranted in the coming days. Just as we have since the beginning of the year, we are working with partners at all levels to secure all necessary resources for any escalation of this virus.”

March 13: “Everything is on the table. While we are not there yet, for the reserve action, it’s comforting to know that we are one of the most recession-resilient states in the country. We have over two billion in reserves. We’re living in a new normal. That isolation may seem extreme, it’s not. Not in the world in which we live in today. And like I said, this is the new normal and we have to take it seriously and if you’re not, you’re out of step with reality.”

March 16: “This is the beginning. This is real. To those who think we may be overreacting, I can assure you we are not. We are – make no mistake about it –  at war with COVID-19. A family today is suffering the ultimate loss due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how severe the virus can be, especially for some high-risk Hoosiers. The state is taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and every Hoosier should follow the precautionary measures.”

March 19: “That’s under discussion. I have been in communication of Secretary of State Connie Lawson. I personally support postponing the primary election. The details have to be worked out.”

March 19: “We’ll make that call down the road.” – At a news conference on whether the school shutdown would be extended.

March 21: “All Hoosiers have a right to elect our leaders in a safe and open environment.” – Announcing the rescheduling of the May 5 primary to June 2 with Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Chairman John Zody.

March 21: “My plea and my hope is that we all understand the gravity of what’s surrounding us on a 24-hour basis. The more people practice what we’re preaching, the faster we’ll get through this.”

March 23: “I’ve signed another executive order that calls on all Hoosiers to hunker down, stay at home, unless you’re going out on an essential errand, or essential work or essential business and operations. If you’re watching this at home, I’m grateful. That means, hopefully, you’re social distancing, not spreading the contagious coronavirus COVID-19, for which there’s still no cure. That means, you’re being part of the solution, not the problem. So on behalf of the state, I thank you. Other states have recently come out with similar directives. Ohio has stay at home. Kentucky yesterday evening rolled one out. Illinois a few days before them both. We’re all seeing the same trends or waves coming, especially in the dense areas, but it is spreading to all counties. So, stay home, get groceries only when you really need them and buy only what you really need. I’m telling you, the next two weeks are critical – that’s March 24 through April 7 – if we’re going to slow the spread, and we must slow the spread.”

March 26: “I hope this will remind us that this isn’t just a marathon. This is a triathlon. This is something that will require us to not let up. We need to do more, not less. It’s all in an effort to get through this so that 100% can go back to work, not just the essential companies.”

March 26: “I, 110%, support the decision to postpone it. I’m just tickled we’re still going to have it – and we will have it. We’ll welcome the world back to the state of Indiana at that time.” – On the postponing of the Indy 500.

March 29: “We don’t see the peak yet. I’m pleased to have the Department of Correction joining the ranks of Hoosier businesses, large and small, stepping forward in the fight against COVID-19. Production of these items will lessen the strain on the supply chain, leaving more of these products available for Hoosiers.”

March 30: “It took a month for the United States to record its first 1,000 deaths, and then it took just two days to record the next 1,000. In Indiana we went from one COVID-19 case on March 6 to 1,786 today. Those are the ones we know of. Our first COVID-19 death in Indiana was two weeks ago today and we’re now at 35 Hoosiers who have passed. I want to thank everyone doing your part to help contain this uber-contagious and lethal virus. Just hunkering down is making a huge difference. It’s literally saving lives. We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency.”

March 31: “What we don’t want to do is be premature about just reflexively jumping back after we hit that peak and come down. … You’ve seen around the world where it’ll (the infection rate will) slip back up again. We’ll always be in this new normal. Things will be different going forward.”

April 1: “Every time I talk to anyone I say, ‘We need more. Pour it on.’ We’re not content right now. We can always use more.” - Asked about President Trump’s assertion that he doesn’t hear that testing is an issue.

 April 1:“We need to act now and in doing so we will save lives. We are all in this together.”  – At daily COVID-19 briefing.