CDC: Coronavirus Could Cause ‘Severe Disruption’ in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 25 February 2020
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Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that they believe the coronavirus could cause “severe disruption” to the lives of ordinary people in the United States, and that they are preparing for the possibility of a pandemic.

Nancy Messonier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said in a briefing on Tuesday that American businesses, schools, and communities should brace themselves for potential outbreaks.

“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” she said.  “It’s more a question of when.”

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump told journalists in India, which he is visiting, that the coronavirus is “very well under control in our country” and “is going to go away.”

Currently in the United States, there have been 14 confirmed local cases of Covid-19, three additional cases among those evacuated from China by the State Department, and 40 from passengers who were on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which has remained docked in Yokohoma after hundreds of passengers fell ill.

Given the absence of known vaccines or medicines with which to treat the coronavirus, people need to prepare for measures similar to those taken place in other countries, such as the closing of schools and wider use of telecommuting.

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