As an outbreak of a novel coronavirus has swept through Hubei province, China, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been preparing for its worst case scenario — a widespread outbreak of illnesses in the United States.
“Right now we’re in an aggressive containment mode,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview on Thursday.
“We don’t know a lot about this virus,” he said. “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”
As of Thursday, there have been 15 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in seven states: eight in California; two in Illinois; and one in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas.
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Update #1: CDC director says coronavirus could stay in US through this year and beyond: CNN (The Hill)
Update #2: ‘It’s Coming’: CDC Director Warns Coronavirus To Become Widespread Throughout United States, ‘Probably Beyond 2020’ (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: The CDC Director is basically admitting that the coronavirus will be widespread in the US. He is not alone. Other experts are now sounding the alarm that a pandemic is becoming a very real possibility …. Coronavirus ‘could infect 60% of global population if unchecked’ (The Guardian). On the flip side, other expert are saying that it is still too early to predict where this outbreak may eventually end …. Could the new coronavirus really kill 50 million people worldwide? (New Scientist).