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Residents wait to be given access to shop in a supermarket in small groups of forty people on February 23, 2020 in the small Italian town of Casalpusterlengo, under the shadow of a new coronavirus outbreak, as Italy took drastic containment steps as worldwide fears over the epidemic spiralled. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Coronavirus Concerns

U.S. Health Officials issue a statement on the risk of an outbreak in the U.S.

On Tuesday, the CDC issued a strong warning about novel coronavirus, warning the public that Americans should be prepared for a “significant disruption” in their lives due to the virus.

This news comes after the Trump administration stated that the situation of novel coronavirus was under control. Along with numerous community transmissions in South Korea, Italy and Iran, U.S. health officials at the CDC have come to the conclusion that novel coronavirus may not be able to be contained at the border or at airports.

The White House has also recently sought out $1.25 billion in emergency funding to help combat novel coronavirus, adding to the contradictions coming from the executive branch. If this request is approved, the funds allotted will be designated for accelerated vaccine development, containment equipment, and various other measures needed to combat the virus, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news conference.

Health officials in the U.S. have said that Americans should continue standard health protective measures, as if they were staying away from the flu. This includes hand-washing, staying home from school or work when sick to prevent disease transmission, and getting a flu shot. Local officials are encouraged to prepare for possible school cancellations and various other measures should a community outbreak akin to those in Daegu, South Korea occur.

As of Tuesday evening, there were 57 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States.


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