“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of exactly when,” one official said.
While the CDC has been actively trying to contain the coronavirus in China, reports have shown that the virus is showing up in other countries. Although travel has been restricted in China, there have been many confirmed cases in Italy and Iran.
Coronavirus is dangerous because it is spread through human to human contact. It’s symptoms mimic pneumonia and it is resistant to antibiotics. There is no cure for this virus. While the reported deaths have been mostly isolated to those who have weakened or compromised immune systems such as the elderly and children, the threat of a widespread pandemic is becoming all too real.
“When you start to see sustained transmission in other countries throughout the world, it’s inevitable that it will come to the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC News.
“We should all be dusting off our pandemic preparedness plans and rehearse them very quickly,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said. “The core concept is social distancing.”
If the CDC is actually warning Americans to prepare for a virus, we should take heed.