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CDC tells Americans to brace for coronavirus

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Beth Mole
Bruce Aylward
Nancy Messonnier


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People were adhering to quarantine protocols on their own, he noted, and medical staff were volunteering to go to the hardest hit areas in Hubei province.“Every person you talk to there has a sense that they’re mobilized, like in a war against this virus,” Aylward said.The significance of that solidarity and cooperation was not lost on officials in the United States. Just as Aylward was making his remarks in Geneva, officials thousands of miles away at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were making their own wartime rallying cry.In a press conference Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that the American public and businesses should prepare for the possibility that the new coronavirus will spread in the US.Given the rapid increase of COVID-19 in other countries outside of China in recent days, “we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Messonnier said. “I told my children that, while I didn’t think they were at risk right now, we as a family need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives.”In the event of community spread of the virus, additional measures might also take effect, such as cancellation of mass gatherings, extra sanitation measures, and the delay of elective medical procedures.As always, people should be following good hygiene measures, including washing hands frequently and rigorously, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and getting a flu shot.In terms of preparation that public officials should be doing to prepare, Aylward said there were key takeaways from China’s successful responses.

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