“We are not in the situation in New Zealand, Singapore or Korea where a new case is quickly identified and all contacts are found and isolated people who are ill and exposed persons are quarantined and can keep things under control” , she said in an interview with Dr. Howard Bauchner of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “We have a lot of virus across the country for it at the moment, so it is very discouraging. “
The outbreak of the New Zealand peaked at the beginning of April, when the country has notified 89 new cases in a single day, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. On June 8, officials said that there were no more of active infections in this island nation of nearly 5 million. Since then, a handful of cases have entered the country by international travellers, but health officials have managed to contain until now less than 10 new cases per day until June.
South Korea was among the first countries outside China to fight an outbreak of the coronavirus, but health officials have managed to contain the epidemic through tests of aggressive to the research of contacts and isolation of infected persons. The epidemic peaked at 851 new infections reported in the 3 march, according to the data of Hopkins, but the country has reported fewer than 100 new cases per day since 1st April.
Such as South Korea, Singapore has quickly managed to prevent the spread of the virus through testing and tracking to aggressive. However, in April, the virus has begun to circulate among the community of migrant workers from the island nation, transforming into an epidemic that has culminated on 20 April, when the country reported approximately 1400 new cases, according to the data of Hopkins. Since then, new cases have steadily declined daily and Sunday, the country reported 213 new cases, according to the data of Hopkins.
While the epidemics in New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore were of different sizes and have followed different pathways, the leaders of the three countries react now quickly to each new infection in order to eliminate what remains of the outbreak, said Schuchat. The United States is in a striking contrast, as they continue to report more than 30,000 new infections per day.
“This is really the beginning,” said Schuchat about the recent outbreak of United States in new cases. “I think that there has been a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, hey it is summer. Everything will be okay. We have finished and we aren’t even starting to finish up. There are a lot of factors worrying about the last week. ”
The sheer size of the United States and the fact that the virus strike different parts of the country at different times complicate the audience’s response here compared to other countries, said Schuchat. South Korea, for example, was able to focus its response on the city of Daegu, in the south of the country, and tracers of contact have been rapidly deployed where new cases have been discovered later in the capital Seoul.
“What we have in the United States is difficult to describe, because there are so epidemics are different,” said Schuchat. “There has been a wave of incredible acceleration, interventions, and intense control measures that have reduced things to a level of traffic much lower in the New York area, Connecticut, New Jersey. But in most of the rest of the country, there are still a lot of viruses. And in many places, there are more viruses in circulation that there is. ”
The coronavirus has proven to be the type of virus Schuchat and her colleagues still feared to emerge, she said. She added that it is easily spread, that nobody seems to have immunity and that it is in fact ” more stealthy than what we expected “.
“While you plan, you think about it, you have this denial of human that this is really going to happen on your watch, but this happens “, she said. “As far as we have investigated [the 1918 flu pandemic]I think that what we are experiencing as a global community is really bad and it is similar to the transformational experience of 1918. ”
With the current level of the spread, Schuchat said that the american public should ” expect that this virus continues to circulate “. She added that people can help slow the spread of infection by practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands, but nobody should rely on any type of relief to stop the virus until there is a vaccine.
“We can affect that, but in terms of weather or season who help us, I don’t think we can count on that,” she said.