CDC Predicts “National Pandemic” Of Coronavirus In Coming Weeks


Courtesy of the National Institute of Health

The Center for Disease and Control has announced that it is a matter of when, not if, coronavirus should spread to the United States in the coming months and has advised U.S. citizens to prepare for the disturbances to normal life a COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who is currently the head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases within the CDC, “this will happen” and “many people in this country will have severe illness” given time, and as the cases of COVID-19 in Europe and Asia continue to skyrocket, the CDC has begun to warn that a massive epidemic within the US is only a matter of time.

Should COVID-19 become a serious national emergency, the CDC has cautioned that measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease will include closing schools, businesses, and hospitals. It has additionally warned that families may not even be able to leave their homes for extended periods of time even to get food, as reported by NBC News. While the outbreak has not yet become a serious safety matter within the US, the low infection rate “has the potential to change quickly.”

As of Friday, February 28th, 60 patients within the United States have been confirmed to have been infected by COVID-19, all due to unrelated exposures to the virus. Assistant professor and public health specialist at Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Ogbonnaya Omenka, speaking on the matter of unrelated exposures to the disease, has viewed this as a serious issue and has warned that the lack of an exposure chain means that “the implication for other states, both proximate and remote, is big.” USA Today has reported that the new, unknown origin “community spread” has caused great concern for the CDC, as it effectively means the disease cannot be traced or tracked, and could have potentially have been spreading throughout the U.S. for weeks. Washington Post, for example, has reported that Coronavirus has almost indefinitely spread under the radar for weeks, presenting a serious concern for healthcare workers and agencies across the nation- what do we do when coronavirus can’t be contained?