“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. We’re ready to adapt, and we’re ready to do whatever we have to.” – President Donald J. Trump
FoxNews.com reports that
The nation’s first coronavirus case of unknown origin has been confirmed in Northern California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Wednesday.
“It is a confirmed case. There is one in Northern California,” CDC spokesman Scott Pauley told the Sacramento Bee.
The new case brings the number of infected in the United States to 60, which includes people who’ve been repatriated to the U.S. The CDC said the person contracted the virus without traveling outside the U.S. or coming into close contact with another infected patient, The Washington Post reported.
The news comes as fear over the virus continues to spread worldwide, prompting governments to take extreme measures. President Trump said a vaccine was being developed and “coming along very well” during a Wednesday evening news conference at the White House.
He announced that he was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus task force.
“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low,” Trump told reporters. “We’re ready to adapt, and we’re ready to do whatever we have to.”
Earlier this week, San Francisco and Orange counties both declared states of emergency in efforts to prevent further infections. Orange County leaders also publically supported a bid by Costa Mesa leaders to block infected patients from being housed in their city.
Globally, nearly 2,800 people have died from the outbreak and more than 80,000 have been sickened.
It has been interesting following the developments as this virus has spread from China to other countries including Iran and Italy.
And now, it appears that Northern California is the scene of the first “outbreak” in America.
The loss of life in these other countries has indeed been tragic.
However, so has been the politicization of the Coronavirus as another opportunity for the Democrats to blame something on President Donald J. Trump.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put down her glass long enough to spout the following babble per Breitbart.com…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of responding “too late” to halt the possible spread of China’s deadly coronavirus in the United States.
“This is shameful,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the administration sending a $2.5 billion supplemental budget request to combat the illness. “He puts forth a proposal now that is meager, anemic in terms of addressing this. Ebola, we did $5 billion. And now they’re trying to take the Ebola money and spend it here.”
“Hopefully we can make up for the loss of time…and not be using scare tactics about people coming back to our country.”
“What he’s doing is late, too late, anemic,” she added. “Hopefully, we can make up for the loss of time but we have to have professionals in place, resources that are adequate and not use scare tactics about people coming back to our country.”
The administration’s request proposes spending unused funds earmarked to fight Ebola, with officials seeking $1.25 billion in new money for vaccine development and purchasing protective equipment.
Asked for her thoughts on President Donald Trump’s comments about the coronavirus, Pelosi replied tersely: “I don’t think the President knows what he’s talking about. Once again.”
And, I think you’re drunk, Madam Speaker. But, what else is new.
Now, as an America male in my early 60s, who is in front of the public all day, a new virus strain does indeed concern me, especially since I am asthmatic, am prone to upper respiratory infections, and I tend to get very tired in the process of performing the duties of my day job.
However, I do not believe that it is time to panic…yet.
Why did the scene from the 1975 Classic Comedy “Airplane” where the passengers are “assuming crash position”, running berserk through the cabin suddenly enter my mind?
Anyway, Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
Here are some facts and some common sense suggestions from an article which he wrote for FoxNews.com…
Let’s start with facts. What do we know so far about this virus?
It is a very contagious virus — just like any flu virus — and appears to transmit itself very similarly through direct contact with infected patients.
In otherwise healthy individuals the viral infection is tolerated and most patients recover without any significant effects.
For about 20 percent of patients who do require medical attention (such as hospitalization) with good medical treatment and support they will ultimately recover from the virus.
About two percent of patients infected with the virus will die from upper respiratory complications.
Based on the facts above, until there is a vaccine, the war to protect ourselves will need to be waged by individuals and the government. We’ll need to keep informed about what areas of the United States are reporting cases of coronavirus. And, everyone should always consider practicing good hygiene. That includes doing the following:
Avoid those people who are sick with the virus
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Practice good hand hygiene — wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 2 minutes
I read yesterday that Lysol is the recommended disinfectant to help prevent the spread of diseases like the coronavirus.
In summary, per usual, Pelosi and the Democrats have put politics over country, self-interest of Americans and our well-being. I am thankful that our President is Donald J. Trump with this uncertainty facing us. I shudder to think about how Hillary Clinton would deal with this situation, especially since she would have doubled down on Obamacare by now, leaving us and our American Health System totally screwed.
Keep yourself as protected as possible.
Gob bless us…everyone.
Until He Comes,