The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that there are now 34 confirmed cases – and possibly a 35th case – of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, accelerating fears that a widespread outbreak is now occurring on our own native soil.
According to reports, 21 of these 34 cases involve patients who were repatriated from foreign countries by the State Department, and of these all but three were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that is now docked at Yokohama, Japan.
As for the other 13 patients, these are all separate cases that didn’t involve the Diamond Princess cruise ship, but rather travel to and from Wuhan.
The most recent confirmed diagnosis occurred in Humboldt County, California, in an individual who recently returned from a trip to mainland China, CDC head Dr. Nancy Messonnier told reporters during a recent phone call.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that a close contact of this most recent patient is also showing symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), but that both individuals “are doing well and self-isolating at home.”
Probably due to its proximity to China and massive size, California currently has the highest number of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, with the majority being people who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The rest of the cases involve people who recently returned from China, or who had contact with others who did.
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If you take a look at the CDC website yourself, you may notice that the official number isn’t quite as high as 34. This is because the CDC has decided to separate the cases involving repatriation from those involving travel to China, claiming that the former “doesn’t reflect transmission and risk in general in the U.S.,” according to Dr. Messonnier.
This is somewhat deceptive, seeing as how the repatriated cases are reportedly being distributed all across the country, in many cases to mystery locations, for mandatory treatment and quarantine at undisclosed hospitals.
While the CDC claims that these cases aren’t a risk to the general public because they’re being held in strict isolation rooms where advanced protocols are being taken to avoid further transmission, these are still known coronavirus cases that would seem to belong as part of the official count.
At the same time, federal officials are expecting more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to emerge among the other passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have not yet tested positive for the disease. This makes sense as all of the passengers were in extremely close quarters with one another, eating from the same buffets, and spending time in the same ballrooms and lounge areas.
Officials are also now admitting that it is “possible,” and “even likely,” that community spread of the virus will occur elsewhere in the U.S., and that more extreme measures like those being taken in places like South Korea and Vietnam may also need to occur here on our own soil in the not-too-distant future.
“The day may come when we will need to take such measures in the United States,” admitted the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in a statement to the media.
The decision by the State Department to allow infected repatriated individuals to fly on the same airplanes as uninfected individuals would seem to validate this warning.
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