CDC advises Americans to be alert and properly informed on Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Brenda Kochevar, Reporter

Coronavirus cases near 300 in U.S. with a death count of 15.

Arizona has three confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

On Friday, the third case was confirmed and appears to be a community spread case.

The patient is a 40-year-old female health care worker who works in metro Phoenix but lives in Pinal County.

She is being treated in a hospital in Maricopa County.

Five people in Scottsdale are under quarantine after a patient they treated was confirmed with the coronavirus. The man they treated was Arizona’s second case of coronavirus.

The majority of coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the West Coast.

Washington State has the majority of the confirmed cases with 14 deaths.

A nursing home near Seattle has had most of the deaths.

California has 70 cases with one death.

An additional 21 confirmed cases are on the Grand Princess, a cruise ship idling but still docked off of the California coast. Nineteen of these cases are crew members.

Vice President Mike Pence said all of the 3,533 passengers and crew will be tested for the coronavirus.

A woman in California was admitted to hospital with severe symptoms and unable to breathe. Doctors recommended testing for coronavirus from the CDC but she was not tested for days as she did not meet the strict federal criteria.

She then tested positive for coronavirus. She was the first patient in California with an untraceable infection.

The parameters for coronavirus testing has since changed allowing medical staff easier access to the testing kits.

New York State has 33 confirmed cases with most associated to a man in New Rochelle. New York City has over 2,700 people in quarantine.

Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin each have a few coronavirus cases.

The first case of coronavirus in a U.S. service member has been confirmed.

The solider is stationed at Camp Carroll, Waegwan, South Korea and is under quarantine in his off-base home.

The solider had visited two military bases in the last week. The military has enacted extra precautions to protect the 28,500 soldiers bases in South Korea.

South Korea has the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside of China.

President Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence will be in charge of the coronavirus response. All media requests need to be run through Pence’s office.

Several mainstream media outlets have reported misinformation on the part of President Trump with regard to the coronavirus. A recent Boston Globe article wrote that some of the information that Trump has said is simply wrong about the coronavirus.

“The trouble is that much of what Trump has said about the coronavirus is wrong — or, at least, highly speculative. He’s said the number of cases is going “very substantially down,” when they were actually going up. He’s declared that the coronavirus will “miraculously” disappear in the spring. He’s asked whether the flu vaccine could be used to slow the outbreak. And he’s questioned the World Health Organization’s estimate for the virus’s mortality rate, swapping in a lower figure based on his own “hunch.”

NBC News posted an article that points out Trump’s “hunches” when it comes to information about the coronavirus.

According to an article from The Washington Post on Feb. 26, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar advised Americans just minutes after the President’s comments to prepare for an increase in coronavirus cases.

“We can expect to see more cases in the United States,” Azar said.

Azar is chairman of the coronavirus task force.

“While the immediate risks to the American public remain low, there is now community transmission in a number of places, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning. We are working closely with state and local and private-sector partners to prepare for mitigating the virus’s potential spread in the United States as we expect to see more case here,” Azar said on Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence changed his statement from all could be tested for the coronavirus to those with the high demand— there are not enough test kits.

President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $2.5 billion to fight the coronavirus.

Azar has asked Congress to approve the $2.5 billion request.

Azar later stated that the coronavirus vaccine may not be affordable to all due to the fact that private sector will need to invest in its creation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary” on Tuesday, Mar. 3.

The summary background states that coronaviruses come from a group of viruses common in animals. Rarely, these coronaviruses evolve and infect people who then spread the virus further.

Research indicates that this coronavirus strain possibly started with a single occurrence of the virus from an animal reservoir.

Records now suggest that the coronavirus is spreading person-to-person in China, the U.S. and other areas.

The CDC states that due to global circumstances it seems likely that the coronavirus will create a pandemic.

The CDC has developed new protocol for testing of the coronavirus while using the defective test kits that it sent out. The protocol calls for using tow of the three parts of the original CDC test kits for accurate results.

The CDC now has enough test kits to test over 75,000 people.

Also, the CDC has two laboratories testing for coronavirus and each can test almost 350 specimens per day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on March 6 that there are now 98,192 coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide.

China has 80,711 confirmed cases with 3,045 deaths.

Outside of China, in 88 countries, there are 17,481 confirmed cases and 335 deaths.

WHO assesses the coronavirus disease risk as very high in China, regional and global levels.

WHO recommends the following advice for the public:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Distance yourself at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with your elbow or a tissue. Dispose tissue immediately.
  • Seek medical attention if you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Stay home if you are ill.
  • Get the facts on coronavirus and determine your risk so you can protect yourself.