The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preparing local health official agencies, schools, and businesses, for possible COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic across the United States. There are 72 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the U.S. The COVID-19 coronavirus has been responsible for more than 2698 deaths and has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.
In a press conference, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases spoke about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Dr. Nancy Messonnier stated they are “not seeing it spread through communities in the United States, yet,” but “ it may eventually happen.” Messonnier continued that the goals are to “slow down” the virus entering the United States and that it will “buy us more time to prepare communities for more cases and possibly sustained spread.”
According to Dr. Messonnier, the “CDC is collaborating with supply chain partners, hospitals, pharmacies, and manufacturers to understand what medical supplies are needed.” The CDC wants to “ensure that health-care workers on the front lines have access to the supplies that they need,” in case of a pandemic across the country. Dr. Messonnier continued, that schools and businesses in the United States may have to shut down as we have seen in China to “contain the outbreak.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus with new cases appearing daily worldwide. WHO is trying to come up with solutions to stop and prevent the spread of this outbreak and are trying to understand how the virus spreads. WHO is working with scientific experts and governments from around the world to help track and are trying to find a cure or vaccine for the virus.
Symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus can appear in an infected person from two to 30 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone suspected of being infected has to be placed in quarantine from 14 to 30 days to see if they developed the virus. There is no antiviral treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus at this time. It is believed that a vaccine for the virus is at least one year to 18 months away.
The CDC recommends the following to slow down the spread and to hopefully prevent contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.
It is recommended to avoid and staying away from anyone who might be sick with the virus. To stay home if anyone is experiencing being sick. To use tissues to cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough and to use tissues and immediately throw them away in the trash. If you are sneezing and coughing stays six feet or more away from others. Avoid touching your face.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and after sneezing or coughing. Also, wash your hands after touching surfaces and objects. If soap and water are not available for you to use than it is recommended to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with it being made with at least 60% alcohol. It is also recommended to wipe down surfaces and objects in your home with household cleaning products. Surgical gloves can also cut the exposure down of the virus.
The CDC also is recommending face-masks for anyone is sick to help cut down exposure to other people and will prevent a person from spreading droplets around. Facial masks offer some protection for people who are not sick but leaves the eyes exposed. There is now evidence that the COVID-19 coronavirus can infect human beings through the eyes and full facial masks would be needed.
The COVID-19 coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and is believed to be the epicenter of the virus.
President Trump wants stricter control on anyone entering the United States who has been possibly exposed to the virus including Americans, as a safety concern. The White House has also asked Congress for $1.25 billion in emergency funding to help fight the virus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the request for “emergency funding was overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency.” It is believed that Nancy Pelosi and Congress will approve the emergency funding and increase the amount of money the White House requested.