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CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption' from Coronavirus
Top health officials are asking Americans to prepare for COVID-19.
February 25, 2020
Coronavirus could turn into global pandemic, officials say
Cases in Italy have jumped to over 200 and the Trump administration asked Congress for $2.5 billion to help fight the outbreak as the CDC issued new travel warnings to avoid non-essential travel.
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U.S. health officials issued a strong warning about novel coronavirus on Tuesday -- that it's no longer a matter of if, but when it will spread in the U.S., and that Americans should prepare for a "significant disruption."
Until now, health officials said they'd hoped to prevent community spread in the U.S. But following community transmissions in Italy, Iran and South Korea, health officials believe the virus may not be able to be contained at the border.
This comes in contrast to statements from the Trump administration. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday the threat to the U.S. from coronavirus "remains low," despite the White House seeking $1.25 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus.
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"Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news conference.
Messonnier added that Americans should channel their concern about the virus, officially called COVID-19, into preparing for its arrival.
Americans should continue to practice protective measures -- hand-washing, staying home from work when sick -- while local officials should make sure systems are in place -- teleschooling, working remotely -- should face-to-face interactions need to be reduced. Health care facilities should be prepared to increase telehealth systems and delay elective surgeries should the need arise.
Messonnier noted that every community's response will be different. What's appropriate for a community with local transmission may not be appropriate for a community in which no local transmissions has occurred.
So far there has been no community spread in the United States. Forty-three people repatriated on charter flights from Wuhan, China, or from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19, and 14 cases have been detected in the U.S. via the country's health system. Among those 57 cases, only two involved human transmission in the United States, and those transmissions were among members of the same household.
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If the White House's request for funds is improved, the $1.25 billion will be earmarked for accelerated vaccine development, the procurement of equipment and supplies and to support preparedness and response activities, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the request "long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency." She also accused President Donald Trump of leaving "critical positions in charge of managing pandemics at the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security vacant."
Thanks Susan. There may, or may not be a serious outbreak of the coronavirus here. Thus far, 31 million Americans have been infected with the flu this season, from Oct. 1, 2019 to Feb. 1, with 12,000 of those people dying. A lot more people than the impact from coronavirus has had here. There is little being said about the flu. And of course, the democrats are using the panic, to take more tax money than requested by Trump, which is likely filled with their pork projects. We know their motto is to never let a crises go to waste.
Surgeon general: Be cautious, but not afraid of coronavirus
Since being named to the coronavirus task force, I've quickly made a few observations. It is clear we must continue to help Americans understand how to protect themselves, but also that we mustn't recreate the wheel. To address the disease outbreak, we can rely on tried-and-true planning and preparation that was begun long ago.
While the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, can be scary, Americans should remember we've experienced other disease outbreaks that we not only managed but overcame. With each occurrence we learned and strengthened our preparedness for the next. Our history with these outbreaks gives us confidence that we have the knowledge, tools and talent to address COVID-19.
We have the very best medical experts and scientists working with Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, all taking the necessary steps to protect the public. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Bob Redfield, is an internationally recognized clinical virologist. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is a world-renowned and respected immunologist who has helped our country navigate viral outbreaks in the past. While we must not become complacent, the public can be assured that we have the best scientific team in the world working day and night to keep our country safe.
Part of my job as surgeon general is to communicate the best available science to the American people — and that includes how we as a country, as communities and individuals, should act to stay healthy. This is especially important as we see more potential community spread and the US response broadens to include both a focus on containment of the virus and limiting its impact.
Communities and institutions should review their pandemic response plans put together or refined during previous outbreaks like the H1N1 flu virus, SARS and Ebola. Health care providers should be on the lookout for patients who have traveled to coronavirus-affected regions and patients with fever and respiratory illness but no alternative explanation, like influenza.
I just had an eery thought on this.....it is affecting mainly in elderly who are already compromised, does it sound to anyone else like the possibility of some eugenics going on? I don’t like to be a conspiracy theorist, but.....your thoughts, to anyone’s following this thread?
Considering that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, anything is possible JG.
Not to scare anyone and I am not panicking, BUT, I am very concerned, especially after my conversation with my neurologist this morning about this very issue. He spoke to me like a friend today. I told him that I was concerned about taking Rick to his monthly appointment with his infectious doctor. He sees this doctor as he is on a steady diet of antibiotics every day and has been for a long time. He told me that he would be concerned too and not to go unless we both wear masks as this virus would kill Rick. He also told me that they aren't telling the doctors everything and that this will get much worse. I am cancelling Ricks appointment with his infectious doctor for now and will only take him to his cancer doctor next month until we know more about what's going on.
WHO declares coronavirus global 'pandemic'
The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global "pandemic."
CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
During a media briefing Wednesday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, said there are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths.
He said in the days and weeks ahead, they expect to see the number of cases and deaths "climb even higher," and expressed concern over the levels of "inaction" in some countries.
WHAT IS A PANDEMIC?
"We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action," Tedros said. "We have rung the bell loud and clear."
Tedros stressed that there is still an opportunity for countries to reverse the course of the outbreak if they work to contain the spread.
Coronavirus: Trump Bans Travel from Europe.
President Trump issued a travel ban on the continent of Europe for at least 30 days while House and Senate Democrats push to dismantle his authority to enact such life-saving immigration restrictions.
On Wednesday evening, Trump announced a travel ban on all European residents attempting to come to the U.S. over the next 30 days. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials said Europe is now the biggest threat to the coronavirus spread in the U.S.
The travel ban, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials confirmed, will begin Friday, March 13 and ban foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the U.S.
The countries from which foreign nationals are banned include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
For days, hundreds of flights from Italy and other European countries had continued as normal to all major and small airports in the U.S. despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci has said Trump’s initial travel ban on China and Iran helped stop the spread of the coronavirus.
As Trump issues the sweeping travel ban on Europe to protect Americans from the coronavirus, House and Senate Democrats are attempting to dismantle the administration’s ability to issue travel bans.
As Breitbart News reported, 220 House Democrats have signed onto the “No Ban Act” to stop Trump from being able to executively issue travel bans. Under the Democrats’ plan, travelers directly from Wuhan, China, and Italy would be allowed to continue entering the U.S. via flights.
Andy Puzder: Trump coronavirus response will protect America’s economy, workers and businesses
Showing strong and effective leadership when we need it most, President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night and unveiled a two-pronged program of health and economic actions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The president’s action plan should win bipartisan support to respond to the most serious health and humanitarian crisis our nation has faced in my nearly seven decades.
“We are all in this together,” the president correctly said. “We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship.” He called on America to fight the pandemic “together as one nation and one family.”
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We can only hope that those on both sides of the political aisle will heed his call to respond as one nation and one people, as our leaders have done so often in our past when facing a crisis.
While the coronavirus pandemic is a medical crisis, President Trump pointed out that it “is not a financial crisis.”
That’s a crucial point we should all remember. This pandemic is unlike the savings and loan crisis of the late 1970s, the tech bubble in the late 1990s, or the real estate bubble of 2007. Our nation’s economic fundamentals are strong.
There is no underlying economic fault that must be corrected before our economy can recover. As the president noted, “our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalized and incredibly strong.”
Unemployment is consistently at 50-year lows and we have 1 million more job openings than people unemployed. The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecasting model is projecting 3.1 percent gross domestic product growth for the first quarter of this year, with only three weeks left in the quarter.
When the coronavirus pandemic subsides – and it will – our economy and the financial markets will come roaring back.
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Questions and answers about the virus
15 Days To Slow The Spread: White House Guidelines For Public Released
The guidelines are basic common sense, and are designed to hinder the spread of the infection.
The White House released its 15-day plan for slowing the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China.
The public guidelines include ways to limit exposure, such as remaining at home if you or anyone in the house has been infected, having older people with underlying conditions also remain at home, and avoiding eating out inside restaurants and bars.
President Trump announced on Monday a set of guidelines that he said Americans should follow to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus — despite admitting that the pandemic could stretch into July or August.
Speaking during a briefing of the coronavirus task force, Trump outlined a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19 in 15 days.
“With several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly,” Trump said. “Our government is prepared to do whatever it takes.”
At another point during the news conference, asked if the U.S. was headed into a recession, Trump replied: “Well, it may be.” But then, he said, “We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus.”
The guidelines advised that older people and those with underlying health conditions “stay home and away from other people.”
Officials recommended that large swaths of the population isolate themselves and everyone avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people.
They also said Americans should work from home if possible; avoid eating or drinking in bars and restaurants; and “avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.”
When asked when the pandemic would subside, Trump said that “if we do a really good job,” the crisis could pass by July or August, a far less optimistic take than in his earlier predictions that it could be over within weeks.
“We will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” he added.
Trump’s comments came as Ohio’s governor announced his recommendation to delay the state’s primary election until June amid the outbreak. The president said that while the state’s whose presidential primary elections are being very careful, he thinks postponing elections are “unnecessary.”
“Postponing is not a very good thing,” he said. “I think postponing is unnecessary.”
The coronavirus pandemic has infected over 169,000 people and killed over 6,500. The COVID-19 illness has caused mild or moderate symptoms for most patients, but severe symptoms have been more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 77,000 people have recovered from it so far, mostly in China.
The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the United States was about where Italy was two weeks ago in the coronavirus struggle, a sign that infections were expected to rise.
“We are at a critical inflection point in this country, people,” Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Fox News. “When you look at the projections, there’s every chance that we could be Italy.” Still, he said the U.S. had opportunities to mitigate the pandemic.
On Fox News, Adams claimed the U.S. had “turned the tide” on testing, a critical part of tracking and containing pandemics, but whether that was true remained to be seen.
The U.S. effort has been hobbled by a series of missteps, including flaws with the testing kits first distributed by the federal government and bureaucratic hurdles that held up testing by private laboratories. But, Trump, who has been sharply criticized for underplaying the severity of the crisis, stuck to his optimistic tone about the nation’s response.
“Everybody is so well unified and working so hard,” he tweeted. “It is a beautiful thing to see.”
I'm coming to terms that we are headed toward an economic downturn. What bothers me the most is this could have all been avoided if only we had not panicked. Everything was going so well and we squandered it.