Since there are only 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China) in US, many people are not feeling worried about it. However, CDC has been preparing for its worst case scenario - a widespread outbreak of illnesses in the US.
According to the interview of CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield by CNN, the virus “is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year,” and will eventually “find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”
Redfield said in the interview that the CDC has focused on surveillance to track cases and containment strategies to slow possible progression of the virus in the US. “We don’t know a lot about the virus,” he said.
The Trump Administration has put in place travel restrictions that block foreign nationals from entering the US if they visited China in the 14 days prior to their arrival to the US, in order to slow the virus’s spread.
Redfield said that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is possible and concerning. “What I've learned in the last two weeks is that the spectrum of this illness is much broader than was originally presented. There's much more asymptomatic illness," he said. "A number of the confirmed cases that we confirmed actually just presented with a little sore throat."
CDC has offered hands to China but the “letter has not been responded to yet by the official Chinese government,” Redfield said. "We do believe that we're the best in the world in this space and we're ready to help and assist them, but they're an independent nation that has to make that decision that they're going to invite us in."
As for Thursday, there have been 15 cases of COVID-19 in the US: 8 in California; 2 in Illinois; and 1 in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas. Daily protection steps should be taken to protect yourself and people around you from the novel virus.
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