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U.S. Already Feeling the Coronavirus Impact After 60 Confirmed Cases

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    The Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. Many health organizations are still trying to figure out what makes this virus tick. As the number of confirmed cases continue to rise in the U.S., more people are understandably panicking in more ways than one.

    For instance, the spread of the coronavirus has rattled many investors who are scared that new outbreaks will push down global demand. The Dow Jones industrial average saw its worst two day slump in four years. Similarly, the S&P 500 had its worst on day slide in two years. Tesla shares took a tumble after a market sell-off that was driven by concerned investors. Why, you ask? Tesla recently opened a Shanghai car plant and is also heavily reliant on Chinese suppliers to make its cars, China is where the virus originated.

    Also, Amazon has had to warn third party sellers against price gouging face masks. Some sellers for instance are jacking up the prices three to four times the original cost. Needless to say, 3M began ramping up respirator production to support coronavirus relief. The CDC is ramping up their efforts to fight the virus by implementing health screenings in airports that receive flights from China.

    CDC's Plan Breakdown:

    • Establishing a 2019-nCoV Incident Management System on Jan. 7 and activating its Emergency Operations Center on Jan. 21 to provide ongoing support.
    • On Feb. 3, posting guidanceTrusted Source for assessing the potential risk of various exposures to the novel coronavirus and appropriately managing those people.
    • Developing a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test that can diagnose coronavirus in respiratory and serum samples from patients.

    Is this worse than the big Ebola scare we had years ago? Experts say the severity of this outbreak may be underestimated. Yet, like with most subjects in public opinion, the issue has been polarizing to say the least.

    “It is unlikely that 2019-nCoV will become a potentially life threatening public health issue in the United States. As this is a novel virus, we need to continue to monitor and assess the situation as it evolves on a daily basis,” Supriya Narasimhan, MD, infectious disease specialist with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, told Healthline.

    It goes without saying that it already has had a rippling effect on the U.S. population in more ways than one, and it will more than likely continue to do so. Who thinks this is being blown out of proportion in the U.S. ? What other ways might this impact Americans?

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    It's really hard to predict what will happen, but this is a good reminder how fragile (and interconnected) the human population really is.

    While it's easy to panic and think the world is going to come crashing down, it is also important to remind ourselves that a whole, whole lot of things have to go wrong before this is a pandemic on the scale of the Black Plague or the 1918 Spanish Flu.

    It can't help to follow the CDC's suggestions and practice good hygiene both at home and out in public. That and don't fall prey to people looking to make a quick buck on this scare.

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    justin412 Wrote:

    It's really hard to predict what will happen, but this is a good reminder how fragile (and interconnected) the human population really is.

    While it's easy to panic and think the world is going to come crashing down, it is also important to remind ourselves that a whole, whole lot of things have to go wrong before this is a pandemic on the scale of the Black Plague or the 1918 Spanish Flu.

    It can't help to follow the CDC's suggestions and practice good hygiene both at home and out in public. That and don't fall prey to people looking to make a quick buck on this scare.

    Well said. Fully agree. I have a hard time getting too worked up over stuff like this but I try and at least take it somewhat seriously. Being aware and health conscious seems the most logic play here. Maybe avoid travelling to China at the moment if you can? Outside of that seems a bit overblown. But I always have that little voice in the back of my head that says 'What if this is the big one?' and to that, can't say much. Just hope its not.
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    The World Health Organization officially declared that the coronavirus outbreak spreading throughout the US and the world is now a pandemic.

    While the organization stressed that there is still time to prevent a worst case scenario while at the same time imploring governments to do more to keep this from spiraling out of control. WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "[A]ll countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response."

    There are simple things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of this pandemic, and it all starts with washing your hands. Often. If you are one of the unlucky people that weren't able to purchase Clorox wipes before they were all bought up, there are a myriad of other household EPA Approved cleaning items that do just as good of a job and aren't nearly as wasteful as an individual wipe.

    It's not time to panic, but it is time to start getting smart.