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The Novel Coronavirus Now a Global Threat

A run on supplies is anticipated in the coming weeks as there is currently no knows cure for COVID-19

Whether the coronavirus gets as bad as the 1918 Spanish flu, or if it passes over the next few weeks and months with little to no harm, the damage may have already be done. It’s public perception that is the worry, the virus too of course, but if public perception turns into a panic, then schools close, as in Japan, deliveries stop, stores shut down, restaurants shut down, and a food shortage follows shortly afterwords.

So far, public perception has resulted in plummeting stock market prices amid speculations of a crash, spurring fears of a global recession.

It’s difficult to think of something like the 1918 Spanish Flu hitting us, and what that fallout might look like, however, we may soon find out.

Here are the updates:

In China – the epicenter of the deadly virus – the National Health Commission reported on Saturday at least 47 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the number of fatalities to 2,835 nationwide.

There were also 427 new infections, up from 327 the previous day, pushing the confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 79,251, and more than 83,000 worldwide

Italy has now reported 650 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths – the most so far in Europe.

South Korea reports 594 new coronavirus cases, totaling 2,931.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said Wednesday, Feb. 26 during a news briefing, “The global novel coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving and expanding. There are still a lot of news coverage about community spread in a few countries since the last time we talked. This means that cases of COVID-19 are appearing without a known source of exposure.”

Conditions are getting worse, not better. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are on high alert, President Trump just asked Congress for $2.1 Billion to try to contain the virus and the CDC is now bracing for a global pandemic.

One California patient was identified as the first case in the US to contract the virus through “community spread” the Centers for Disease Control also said on Wednesday.

Community spread means the patient has no known exposure to the virus or an individual carrying the disease, which have led to fears of an outbreak in the U.S.

During a briefing today, Friday, February 28, 2020 Dr. Messonnier said, “the patient’s exposure is unknown. It’s possible this could be the first instance of community spread – meaning the illness was acquired through an unknown exposure in the community.”

All of the 59 other cases in the U.S. have been for people who had traveled abroad or had close contact with others who traveled. Health officials have been on high alert for so-called community spread.

Nearly 3,000 people have died and almost 90,000 people are suffering from the virus which has reached every continent in the world save Antarctica.

At least 35 million people have been quarantined around the world.

Dr. Messonnier continued, “The fact this virus has caused illness – including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of the pandemic. The world moves closer towards meeting the third criteria. Worldwide spread of the new virus.”

At this time, there’s no vaccine to protect against this new virus and no medications approved to treat it. Non-pharmaceutical interventions or NPIs will be the most important tools in the CDC’s response to this virus.

More to Follow.

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