On Monday, Donald Trump addressed the country’s governor’s in the White House State Dining Room. He told them that the mounting concerns about the coronavirus would be over in April.
“A lot of people think that goes away in April as the heat comes in,” Trump said without providing any evidence. “We’re in great shape though, we have 12 cases, 11 cases, but we’re in very good shape.”
As of Monday night, the Chinese government said 42,638 cases have been confirmed and 1,016 people have died from the virus.
Trump clearly did not speak with the experts about the deadly virus. Johns Hopkins senior scholar Dr. Amesh Adalja has stated that the new coronavirus will likely cause yearly outbreaks. He added that the majority of the outbreaks would most likely be mild.
“It’s going to become a part of our seasonal respiratory virus family that causes disease,” Adalja said on “Squawk Box.”
“It’s important that we get a handle on what the severity is and who has the risk factors so that we can protect those individuals,” Adalja said. “Many people are going to get mild illness and it’s going to be more like a flu-like illness for many people but for some, it may be very severe.”
So far there have only been 11 confirmed cases in the U.S. cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNBC that he believes the coronavirus outbreak will turn into a pandemic.
Dr. Corey Hebert, assistant professor at both Louisiana State and Tulane universities advises that to help prevent the virus people should wash their hands with soap using hot water, get a flu shot, avoid touching their faces and be sure to wipe down areas them when they are traveling.