(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Risk to American public still remains low…
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention said the further growth of coronavirus cases in the United States is inevitable as it is rapidly evolving and spreading, but the message from officials remains mixed. Currently there are 80,421 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19, with over 77K of those confirmed cases in mainland China.
The immediate risk to the American public remains low, says Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “But as we have warned, that has the potential to change quickly.” The World Health Organization said that the declining rates of new cases in China mean the virus could be contained but that other countries need to do work in order to prevent a further outbreak.
As of Tuesday, 2,708 people have died from the virus, with 2.5K of those deaths coming in the Hubei providence of China where the virus outbreak originated. The US has just 53 confirmed cases and no deaths.
While the impact in the US has so far been small, the behavior of the virus and its spread outside of China has raised concerns with the CDC. There is no vaccine or medication to treat the virus and CDC doctors said prepare for “disruption of everyday life.”
“We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad,” CDC director of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Dr. Nancy Messonnier said in a KREM2 article.
Disruptions could include school closures, childcare services could be stopped and meetings could be turning into teleconferences.
The doctor said evidence shows the virus is spreading to countries outside of China, with counties like Iran and Italy seeing double-digit numbers of deaths from the disease. Travel restrictions have limited the number of cases in the U.S. and there are no plans to ease the restrictions. President Trump has also asked Congress $2.5 billion to combat the coronavirus.
Some coronavirus patients have been brought to Spokane, since Sacred Heart Medical Center has a unit set up to handle viruses like the cornavirus.