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The United States has declared a public health emergency over the deadly coronavirus and just yesterday WHO declared the virus a global health emergency.
As the virus continues to grow it has infected close to 10,000 people globally and over two hundred people have died. There still remains a lot of unknowns about the virus.
“Right now, there’s a lot of unknowns. Almost everyday we’re learning something we didn’t know before.” – CDC Director Robert Redfield
Effective Sunday, February 2, the US will temporarily ban foreign nationals from entering the country if they have traveled to Chine within the past 14 days. Any US citizen returning from Hubei province in the past 14 days will be subject to quarantine. Any US citizen who has traveled to other parts pf China may be subject to a health screening upon reentry to the US and may be asked to self quarantine for up to 14 days.
Currently United Airlines and American Airlines have suspended all flights to China effective today and Delta Airlines is suspending flights effective February 6.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a mandatory quarantine for all 195 individuals who were evacuated from China this past Tuesday who are currently at a military base in California.
“We are preparing as if this was the next pandemic.” If we take strong measures now, we may be able to blunt the impact of the virus on the United States. We would rather be remembered for overreacting than under-reacting.”
-Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
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