The outbreak of the infamous coronavirus has made the public go into a frenzy. As the number of confirmed deaths crossed 14 in the US, it comes as a necessity to equip the country with coronavirus tests.
As the citizens’ concerns over the costs of taking the test rose, Vice President Mike Pence reassured the public that they needn’t spend a dime. Any American who has health insurance would be covered by all private insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. “With regard to cost, HHS has designated the test as an essential health benefit,” Pence said. “It will be covered by private insurance and Medicare/Medicaid.” Washington is the city which suffered the hardest hit. The death toll is at 10. A survey proves the fact that the elderly suffering from other health complication is the most vulnerable to this virus and are most affected.
Pence put the public’s minds to rest, reassuring the fact that over 1.5 million coronavirus tests are arriving in America. The tests will be provided to all the hospitals, clinics, and universities who are authorized to carry out the test. The people who died of the virus in Washington were all part of a nursing home, Life Care Centre. The government is mainly focussing on subjecting nursing homes to heightened prevention measures. “It does appear that the elderly are the most vulnerable,” Pence said. “At the president’s direction, we are going to focus on those in nursing homes and those working in nursing homes to make sure they are complying with federal standards to keep the elderly safe.” More than 39 unconfirmed cases in Seattle have been reported. Meanwhile, in the suburbs of New York, two families are affected by the virus. The disease seemed to have spread from the lawyer to his wife, children, and neighbors.
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Sources: MSN, Fox News