As a deadly strain of Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly throughout the Far East, American authorities are beginning to express their concerns that the virus could soon be disrupting business as usual here in the US as well.
The official death toll stands at just over 2,400 persons as of this week, but those figures could very well be low. China isn’t necessarily renowned for their governmental transparency, after all. These death have mostly occurred overseas, emanating from the outbreak’s epicenter in Wuhan.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are preparing Americans for a possible worst-case-scenario here in the west.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warned that the spread of China’s deadly coronavirus in the United States is all but certain and said Americans’ everyday life could be dramatically affected.
“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” Messonnier told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
She went on…
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” the top public health official added. “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”
Messonnier said the continued spread of the virus has led to a shift to a more dire tone.
“The data over the last week and spread in other countries has certainly raised our level of concern, and raised our level of expectation that we are going to have community spread here, so that has changed our tone,” she said.
So far, there have only been a few handful of Coronavirus cases diagnosed here in the United States, with those individuals receiving the utmost in attention from health and safety officials.
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