A California man who has never traveled abroad contracted the Corvid-19 virus. So as the coronovirus hits US as California prepares for the worst the virus is among us. The patient is one of 60 confirmed cases of the virus in the US, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday. Forty-two cases are former passengers on theDiamond Princess cruise ship, the site of a recent virus outbreak. Most of the other 15 were travelers coming back from China or their spouses. Three others were repatriated from China.
How the California patient was exposed to the virus is still unknown, the CDC said. The agency has not yet ruled out that the patient was exposed to a returned traveler who was infected but didn’t know it, it said.New coronavirus case could be first instance of ‘community spread’ in US, CDC says. The patient was transferred February 19 to the medical center from another Northern California hospital. The patient is the first case who has contracted the virus without any known contact. What does this mean? Is the CoronoVirus in the air?
CoronoVirus hits US
CDC says Americans’ lives may be disrupted
If the California case does turn out to be community spread, hospital staff will need to alter the way they evaluate sick patients, one health care executive said. Community spread means the virus begins moving through a community and the source of the infection is unknown. What the concern is that if it is coming from an unknown source it will be impossible to contain.
With no vaccine available a country wide spread of the virus could be imminent. That suggests that the virus is out there in the community, and that means pretty much that everybody’s at risk. We don’t know who might be carrying it the CDC said. We don’t know who we can get it from.There will be on way to contain a virus like they did in China if we do not know where it is coming from.
No Immunity to Covid-19 Virus
And you have to realize that this virus is so new, that none of us have any immunity to it. So, anybody who’s exposed is at high risk of getting infected with this. This is not good news for the US as an outbreak now seems impossible to stop. How can you stop an infection if you don’t know where it is coming from? The patient is one of 60 confirmed cases of the virus in the US. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday the virus is here. Forty-two cases are former passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Most of the other 15 were travelers coming back from China or their spouses. Three others were repatriated from China.
The CDC now says the virus is “NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States,” according to its website. But health officials say they expect it will at some point. So how do we prepare for this coming epidemic? In some ways it is like the flu which in itself is a deadly virus killing thousands each year. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when. How many people in this country will have severe illness? Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases does not know. It could be many thousands. CoronoVirus hits US as California Prepares
Life has to continue on and preparations should be made although no guarantee is certain. Due to the open borders of Canada, US, Mexico and even farther south the virus will spread. Especially if now as they say it can come from unknown sources. The first thing to do is start to strengthen your immune system.
Using masks and antibacterial soap by washing your hands regularly is also a good idea. This virus seems to be especially hard on older people. You must take extra precautions. Flu shots do not work on this virus so you must prepare in other ways. Hopefully a vaccine will be found soon and we can all start lining up and getting our shots. For now there is no prevention except the old fashioned do it yourself way. It seems like the cases in China are starting to lessen. Time will tell of course but for now the virus is spreading around the globe.