CDC: The U.S. Should “Prepare for the Coronavirus To Take Foothold”

By Mac Slavo

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing for the new coronavirus to take a foothold in the United States. The coronavirus has killed at least 1,115 and sickened more than 45,000 worldwide, with a large jump in deaths and infections in the past day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is preparing for the new coronavirus. So far, health officials have confirmed 13 U.S. cases of the virus, now named COVID-19, short for Corona Virus Disease, according to CNBC News.

“At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call. “This will trigger a change in our response strategy.”

Messonnier said the CDC is regularly talking with manufacturers of medical supplies, such as masks and gloves, to ensure enough are 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,” she said. –CNBC News

Messonnier added that the CDC is regularly talking with …read more


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