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The Center for Disease Control is preparing Wuhan Coronavirus, which has killed at least 1,115 and sickened more than 45,000 worldwide, to “take a foothold in the U.S".
By James DiGeorgia,
President Trump is insisting the Coronavirus is under control and “has been stopped in its tracks,” but Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said today…
“At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or other countries.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defying President Trump’s insistence that he’s already stopped the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus, said Wednesday it is preparing for the virus’s continued spread. The virus as of this morning has already killed over 1,115 victims according to the Chinese government and has sickened more than 45,000 worldwide. According to CDC’s Dr. Messonnier, we should prepare for the Coronavirus to “take a foothold in the U.S.”
Health officials here in the United States have confirmed 13 U.S. cases of the virus, now named COVID-19, short for Corona Virus Disease.
Messonnier assured the public on Wednesday that the CDC is talking regularly with manufacturers of medical supplies, such as masks and gloves, to ensure enough is available in case of an outbreak here….
“At this time, some partners [in other countries] are reporting higher than usual demand for N95 respirators and facemasks,”
The general public may be surprised that the CDC doesn’t currently recommend the use of facemasks here in the United States, yet, people who are sick or under investigation for contamination from COVID-19 should wear facemasks when around other people or with health-care providers.
“When you are alone in your home, you do not need to wear a mask,”
The CDC warned Tuesday that a mistake at a lab led U.S. health officials to release an infected Coronavirus patient from a San Diego, California hospital. The patient had been evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, on a government-chartered flight last week.
Messonnier confirmed today that U.S. health officials are implementing “additional quality controls” to ensure another patient is not misidentified again. Super spreaders of the virus are believed to exist.
The CDC claims to have been monitored more than 30,000 travelers since mid-January who have come to the U.S. from China. The CDC claims to have not detected any cases from the returning travelers. Health officials are asking travelers to monitor their own symptoms and limit their outdoor activities. Messonnier was quoted as saying…
“Our goal is to be as least restrictive as possible while ensuring the safety and health of all Americans…We are continually reassessing our recommendations around quarantine and self-monitoring.”
World Health Organization officials are worried about the virus mutating.
Dr. Sylvie Briand, head of WHO’s Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, told reporters on Monday…
“The Coronavirus produces mild cold symptoms in about 80% of patients; about 15% of the people who contract the virus have ended up with pneumonia, with 3% to 5% of all patients needing intensive care.”
The latest hypothesis from WHO is the Wuhan Coronavirus likely jumped from bats to an ‘intermediate host’ before infecting humans. WHO has confirmed scientists are running tests on various animals, but have so far not found the host responsible for the current outbreak.