For the purposes of this post, I do not care when infection rates from the coronavirus (COVID-19) took off in reality.
I am interested in the legal abstraction of when the United States federal government officially declared the Coronavirus to be a "natural disaster"
Was the covid-19 pandemic ever officially classified as a natural disaster? If so, did natural disaster classification occur before February 19, 2020?
This is relevant to income taxes filed in the year 2020. There is a tax deduction for those suffering from "natural disasters"