One of the deadliest days in China yet, over 20,438 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus just in China. Although according to CNN outside of China, the generality of the virus remains far lower, two people have already died outside mainland China since the outbreak began. One in the Philippines, and another in Hong Kong.
Dr. Anthoney S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said: “It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,”.
Where is This Happening?
According to this map from the NY Times, the disease has been spread to at least 24 other countries, mostly being caused by people who traveled from China.
What are Experts Saying?
The NY Times reports experts to warn they still lack enough data to say definitively how lethal the new coronavirus is.
Other Health officials have released more details of the effects, so far saying two-thirds of the infected were men, 80 percent were over 60, and they typically had a pre-existing health condition.
How is it Affecting the U.S.?
The U.S. Government has appointed that 195 Americans be put under quarantine and has been suspending all flights from Mainland China. The Americans that are currently under quarantine were evacuated from the starting point for the outbreak, Wuhan China, and sent to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. To ensure that they are not infected with the coronavirus, they will be kept for 14 days. Several Airlines, Like Delta and American Airlines, have shut down all flights to and from mainland China until March 27th. The State Department has issued a travel advisory telling Americans not to travel to China due to the public health risk.