One of the top officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the public that health experts predict the new Coronavirus will spread in the United States.
US health officials said on February 25 that citizens should begin to prepare to cope with the spread of corona virus in the country as the epidemic spread rapidly in Iran, South Korea and Italy, sparking fears. that the global economy will be hurt.
The number of deaths in Iran has risen to 16 – the highest outside of China – with 95 cases. Italy also recorded the 11th death among 322 cases – the largest outbreak in Europe. Meanwhile, South Korea became the second largest outbreak in the world after China with nearly 1,000 infections and 11 deaths.
The CDC is increasingly concerned about the spread of Coronavirus in the United States
Health experts say that the epidemic in Iran, Italy and South Korea shares a pattern. Seoul and Rome have stepped up emergency measures to prevent the global spread of the virus.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immune and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters that data about the virus’s spread over the past week has made CDC increasingly concerned about the spread. in the United States.
“We think there will be an infection in the US community,” Dr. Messonnier told CNN on Feb. 25.
“The problem here is not whether it will happen or not, but exactly when it will happen and how many people in this country will get seriously ill.”
“Disruptions in daily life can be serious,” Messonnier said, warning that Americans should be prepared for the potential impact of the virus to be negative, with school closures, and abolishment. Public events and workers are forced to stay at home.
Also on February 25, the CDC reported that the number of virus-causing infections, officially named Covid-19, reached 57 in the United States, with 40 returning from cruise ships in Japan.
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In India, where US President Donald Trump is visiting, he said the epidemic was “a problem that will disappear”, but experts fear it will develop into a pandemic, with rapid spread in the Europe and the Middle East.
CDC is adopting a parallel approach, both efforts to control the virus and implement strategies to minimize the impact on the community, according to Ms. Messonnier.
“We have also launched quarantine for the first time on this scale in the United States, and supported the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Health – Human Life in bringing citizens back from high risk areas,” she said. to speak.
Of 57 virus infections, 40 were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, 3 returned from China and 14 were in the US. Of these 14 cases, two are spread from person to person.
The spread of virus from person to person, as well as the deaths, cause concern because these are two of the three criteria to declare a pandemic, Ms. Messonnier said.
“As community infections are detected in more countries, the world is getting closer to meeting the third standard: the global spread of viruses,” she warned.
“As more and more countries witness the infection in the community, it will be increasingly difficult to prevent viruses from succeeding in our borders.”
In the United States, hospitals and emergency staff have for many years been prepared for the case of a rapidly spreading, potentially fatal, pandemic flu. These drills have helped frontline hospitals treat Covid-19 patients, a disease caused by the new strain of corona virus.
Other hospitals are on high alert. CDC spoke to the American Hospital Association, which updates daily disease information for nearly 5,000 member hospitals. Hospitals are considering infection control measures, considering the use of telemedicine so that potentially infectious patients do not have to go to the hospital if not needed, and maintain supply. masks and gloves.
CDC has held 17 different calls to more than 11,000 companies and organizations, including stadiums, universities, religious leaders, retailers and large corporations. US health officials are talking to city, county, and state health authorities about their readiness to cancel crowds, close schools and take other steps.
“We want to make sure the American public is prepared,” Ms. Messonnier said.
The situation is becoming more and more worrying in Iran, which currently has the highest virus mortality globally. This also raises concerns that the statistics in this country do not accurately reflect the situation, raising doubts about the transparency of the government.
“This is an unfortunate, uninvited guest who comes. With God’s will we will overcome the virus,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on television.
Iran’s deputy health minister and a member of parliament are among those infected.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman this week recorded the first cases, all of which have been to Iran. Bahrain says the country now has 24 positive cases.
Iran has canceled music programs and football competitions nationwide, closing schools at every level in many provinces. Many Iranians on social media accuse officials of hiding the truth.