President Trump on Wednesday tried to calm the fears over China’s coronavirus outbreak saying ‘everything is under control,’ after two people in the Untired States were diagnosed with the virus. The first is a man from Washington state and another person is in Los Angeles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a 30-year-old unidentified man contracted the virus after returning from a trip from Wuhan, China. The second individual who was diagnosed after flying from an International Airport from Mexico City. The CDC has not identified either patient that is being treated.
The first human infection with new #coronavirus (#2019-nCoV) has been reported in the US in a person who recently traveled to Wuhan, China. Additional cases in travelers have been reported in Thailand, Japan, and The Republic of Korea. https://t.co/bbH7gGPuyh pic.twitter.com/cGvFc4DYDZ
— CDC (@CDCgov) January 21, 2020
The first patient is being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everet Health officials and doctors and is in a guarded bio-containment room and being treated by a robot. Doctors are limiting physical contact with the patient to help prevent the spread of the virus. Health officials are also monitoring 16 people that the patient was in contact with before he was diagnosed with the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that coronavirus being named for now as “ 2019-nCoV” is a new virus and does not match any virus known. It has been reported that “ Live snakes sold at Wuhan seafood market in China is the suspected source of the “
Symptoms”2019-nCoV” coronavirus is similar to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. WHO and Chinese authorities are trying to learn more about the new virus and are trying to find how it is affecting people and how to treat individuals who have contracted the virus. Authorities believe that transmission between individuals is very easy.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 22, 2020
According to the CDC, public health officials have started implementing extra screening at all major airports in the United States and monitoring the outbreak. All people traveling on flights from China are being sent to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago, to undergo screenings for the coronavirus.
The coronavirus was first reported in December 2019, in Wuhan, China. Since being discovered more than 600 to 9,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed and 18 reported deaths. Cases of the coronavirus have been reported in nine other countries.
According to authorities, the “ 2019-nCoV” coronavirus is a group of viruses that present different symptoms in individuals. The virus is a respiratory syndrome-related virus and symptoms include but are not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia. The incubation period can be from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Health officials believe that the “2019-nCoV” coronavirus started at the Wuhan seafood market in China is considered ground zero. According to the Journal of Medical Virology, the virus may have come from snakes that were being sold at the market. It is believed that the coronavirus was spread from bats to snakes and then human beings.
The Wuhan seafood market is known for selling live animals traded illegally. The animals being sold at the market have included bats, rats, snakes, peacocks, foxes, wolf pups, porcupines, monkeys, hedgehogs, reptiles, camels, dogs, and civet cats plus hundreds of other types of animals are on the menu.
Officials in China have put Wuhan and the Hubei province into lockdown. No one is allowed to enter or leave the area at this time. All public transportation, events, and local businesses and restaurants are shut down, people are being asked to stay home until the “ 2019-nCoV” coronavirus under control. There is no known cure or vaccine for the new strain of the virus.