CDC Announces Possible Community Spread of COVID-19 in the United States

CDC Announces Possible Community Spread of COVID-19 in the United States”

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, face masks and special respirators have become common accessories, protecting against contracting the disease that has infected around 81,000 people worldwide. "Carelessly" applying the term has no "tangible benefit", according to Ghebreyesus, who said it could convey to the public the falsehood that officials can no longer contain the virus.

It's unclear whether the 33 cases are from the evacuated Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of Japan.

Newsom said that 49 jurisdictions are monitoring "8,400-plus" people for the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case on Wednesday night and said it concerned a person in northern California who had no known travel to a country where a virus outbreak has been taking place, or connection to a known patient.

The patient arrived at UC Davis Medical Center on February 19, after being transferred from another hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times. "U.C. Davis Health does not control the testing process". The CDC is now "moving expeditiously" on providing more testing kits, Newsom said.

"This has been an evolving situation, which California has been monitoring and responding to since COVID-19 cases first emerged in China past year".

People are thought to be most contagious when they are at their sickest.

A woman wearing a face mask is seen on a street in downtown Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, on February 26, 2020.

"We have been anticipating the potential for such a case in the USA, and given our close familial, social and business relationships with China, it is not unexpected that the first case in the USA would be in California", Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer said in a statement.

"The risk to the American people remains very low", Trump said, flanked by Pence and public health officials.

Since respiratory viruses typically spread among close contacts, the current advice is mostly standard stuff, and basically the same thing we are told every flu season: avoid sick people, stay at home if you are sick, avoid touching your eyes or nose, and cover your coughs and sneezes, ideally with a tissue.

"At this time, the patient's exposure is unknown", the federal agency said in a statement.

"This would be the first known instance of person-to-person transmission in the general public in the United States", CDPH said in a statement, according to KCRA. "Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown".

Orange County declared a local health emergency on Wednesday, according to USA Today, joining Santa Clara and San Diego counties, which made similar declarations.

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