Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Information and Updates

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Information and Updates

Information in the “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary” section of this page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

CDC Indicates that Community Spread of Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. is Imminent

In a press release about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Nancy Messonnier said: “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.” She also made the statement “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country.”

More cases are likely to be identified, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructures, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and the transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

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Portions of the information in this article are from the CDC Media Telebriefing on COVID-19 on February 25, 2020.