Coronavirus a Pandemic
The coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19 is beginning its spread in the United States. As of today, there are 1,339 confirmed cases, 38 deaths, and 15 recovered victims. Globally there are 129,838 confirmed cases, 4,751 deaths, and 68,672 recovered victims. In the US the virus is now confirmed in 44 states and Washington D.C.
Dr. Anthony Fauci Speaks
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported that the US cannot process coronavirus tests as quickly, easily, or in the same volume as other countries – even as the virus spreads to 44 states – and that’s “a failing.” He said, “The system is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is failing.”
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the CDC can process between 300 and 350 tests a day. The doctor said that other countries can process thousands of specimens a day. Dr. Redfield said that a lack of funding has hampered the federal government’s response to the outbreak. He remarked, “There’s not enough equipment, there’s not enough people, there’s not enough internal capacity, there’s no search capacity.” President Trump did not address the shortage of diagnostic test kids during his address to the nation on Wednesday night. This shortage, according to experts, has made it difficult to gauge the full scale of outbreaks in the US and curtail transmission of the virus.
COVID-19 More Lethal Than Flu
Dr. Fauci told lawmakers the coronavirus is probably 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu. This is in contradiction to President Trump’s comparing the new virus with the flu perhaps to calm people’s fear. However, Fauci was not downplaying the seriousness of the virus.
Changes In The US
Aside from the banning of travel from Europe, many schools, including colleges and universities have announced they will be closed for an undetermined period of time. Many of them will be offering online classes. The National Basketball Association announced it is suspending the season until further notice. The National Collegiate Athletic Association will be holding the popular “March Madness” basketball tournament games in arenas without fans. “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Schow with Stephen Colbert” will be taping the shows without a live audience as the World Health Organization described the coronavirus as a pandemic. The virus is also responsible for the widespread disruption of concerts and conferences being canceled or postponed.
It appears as though Americans are finally realizing how serious this virus is as fear is growing throughout the country. Everyone must do his/her part to try to get this pandemic under control.