A senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said The hill The coronavirus epidemic in New York and the state on Thursday is “just a glimpse” of what will happen to the rest of the United States as the pandemic spreads across the country.
“I think what we are seeing in New York and New York right now is a real warning to other regions about what may be happening or what may already be happening,” said the Senior Deputy Director from the CDC, Anne Schuchat.
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Schuchat said the case explosion in New York in particular may be a precursor in other cities across the country, many of which are already experiencing peaks in the spread of the disease.
“Across the country, there are a number of areas that are intensifying,” said Schuchat. “The numbers in New York are so large that they show up, but we are looking at increases over time and we really see them in several places.”
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The CDC has deployed approximately 1,500 of its epidemiologists, scientists and experts to hot spots across the country, including the New York and Seattle area, where the first US cases of coronavirus appeared in January and early February. Now, according to Schuchat, the CDC has sent teams to Louisiana, Wisconsin and Colorado, among others.
Schuchat refused to name the cities likely to become the epicentres of worrying new outbreaks, but New Orleans has stood out in recent days for the rapid growth of cases it has seen. Louisiana reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9; he passed 100 cases a week later. Its number of cases doubled between Sunday and Wednesday, when the state reported nearly 1,800 cases.
The hill further reported that the CDC has a surveillance system in place that tracks reports of flu and flu-like conditions across the country to identify epidemics when they occur. The system now displays outbreaks across the country.
Schuchat stressed the importance of maintaining the social isolation and blockages that have paralyzed the country as state and local government leaders strive to contain the pandemic. President Donald Trump has expressed an interest in getting the Americans back to work by Easter, a desire that runs counter to accepted medical knowledge and the advice of public health officials.
“The measures are supposed to be used in a phased manner, and some may be easier to relax,” said Schuchat. “But as I speak to colleagues around the world who are facing different stages of this epidemic, I think we are all trying to make sure that we have the best information on how to mitigate it and also minimize the consequences unintended, negative consequences of the mitigation effort. ”
A study in the Lancet Public Health Journal Thursday echoed the warning. The report, which is based on research co-directed by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine specialist Kiesha Prem, says the extension of the closings until April in Wuhan, China – the city most affected by the virus – could delay an inevitable resurgence of the virus by precious and saving months.
“The city must now be very careful to avoid lifting physical distance measurements prematurely, as this could lead to an earlier secondary peak in cases,” Prem said. Reuters. “If they gradually relax the restrictions, it may delay and smooth out the peak.”
Wuhan has been locked up since January. If the United States eases restrictions by Easter – April 12 – the country could see a massive secondary peak in cases before health systems begin to recover from an expected peak in early May.
In his comments to The hill, Schuchat said she would urge extreme caution in lifting the restrictions as illnesses can be unpredictable and dangerous.
“From my experience, it is really important to be humble in the face of emerging infections and certainly in the face of pandemics,” said Schuchat. “Something that looks like the best idea may go differently than you expect, and things that you think work well may not turn out to be. ”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, warned in a CNN Wednesday evening interview of the impossibility of dictating the terms of the disease.
“You don’t make the chronology,” said Fauci, “the virus makes the chronology. ”