Spread in US Appears Inevitable
“Ultimately we expect we will see community spread in the United States," Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses.”
- A Chinese health official warned that at least 28 days without new cases are needed to be able to say an area is free of the outbreak, raising questions about how long it will take for normal life to resume.
- United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s most critical aviation hubs, saying it would suspend all travel to and from Iran, where authorities confirmed that the death toll has reached at least 15.
- In Iran, an opposition lawmaker and the deputy health minister tested positive for the virus as the death toll there climbed.
"We Can't Stop This"
"We shouldn’t have illusions," said Shigeru Omi, a senior government adviser. "We can’t stop this, but we can try to reduce the speed of expansion and reduce mortality."
Though the government didn't explicitly "ban" large events, it asked organizers to consider whether their event was really that necessary.
The new policy does little to clear up the uncertainty surrounding the Tokyo Olympics. But we suspect Japan will wait another month or two before it starts seriously considering what's next.
Lie of the Day: This is Not a Pandemic
Yesterday I commented Lie of the Day: This is Not a Pandemic
Prepare for Potential Pandemic
The CDC is behind the curve as well as changing its tune and definition routinely.
Yesterday, the WHO removed pandemic from the discussion, today they finally admit countries should prepare for one.
Today they finally admitted something useful: Prepare for a pandemic.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock