America confirms its fourth and fifth case of the coronavirus in the country after the spread from China. The first two cases were a middle-aged man in Washington and another older woman in Chicago; both were hospitalized after being confirmed to carry the virus. The third confirmed case a traveler from China, according to a confirmation received by the Orange Country Health Care Agency’s (HCA), in Orange Country, California.
Health officials in California and Arizona announced that they were treating each treating a patient confirmed to be carrying the virus. This brings the total number of cases in the U.S. to 5. It is especially alarming in Los Angeles, California, as a link between the two cases (Orange County and LA) could be present. However, this is just speculation, and not confirmed by health officials.
Measures being taken
Health Officials in LA said that they identifying and monitoring all people that the patient came into close contact with, including friends, family, and health care professionals. They will be provided immediate medical care if thought to be carrying the illness. However, it is still alarming that the spread continues around the world despite precautionary measures.
Barbara Ferrer, Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, says, “We are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to provide healthcare providers and the public with accurate information about actions we are taking to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus and to care for those who are ill.”
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“As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from circulating viruses, including coronavirus. This includes remaining home when ill, washing hands with soap and water frequently, and getting vaccinated against flu.”
She reassures that the risk of the virus spreading in the country remains low, as scientists are working on deciphering the incubation period of the virus, and how it spreads. Though her words are reassuring, the fact that we are having new confirmed cases every day is not comforting. Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, is on his way to meet health experts of the Chinese government in Beijing. He wrote on Twitter, “My WHO colleagues and I would like to understand the latest developments and strengthen our partnership with China in providing further protection against the outbreak.”
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