WHO WARNS U.S. COULD
Most Of The World’s New Cases Are Coming From Europe And North America.
25 March, 2020
The World Health Organization says the U.S. has the potential to become the next epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
During a teleconference with reporters, spokeswoman Margaret Harris was asked specifically if the U.S. might overtake Europe as the new epicenter. She replied:
“We are now seeing a very large acceleration in the numbers of cases from the United States—so it does have that potential. We cannot say that is the case yet, but it does have that potential.”
Harris told reporters the main drivers of the outbreak continue to remain in Europe, but she said the WHO is seeing many of the same issues in the U.S. She added that 85 percent of the cases reported in the past 24 hours had come from Europe and the U.S.
She also suggested Western countries were not yet doing enough to defeat the coronavirus:
“A lot of countries are now taking very strong measures to distance people, to really quarantine entire societies, and these have been shown to be an important way of slowing down this spread of the virus and buying some time. But to defeat the virus, to stop it, countries also need very aggressive targeted tactics, testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every person known to be ill and also tracing and quarantining and finding every close contact.”
During his live tele-town hall from the White House, President Donald Trump told FOX News host Bill Hemmer:
“I give it two weeks. I guess by Monday or Tuesday, it’s about two weeks. We will assess at that time and give it more time if we need a little more time. We have to open this country up … opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
Toward the end of the town hall, when it was just a one-on-one conversation with Hemmer, the president said he’d love to see the churches of America full on Easter Sunday:
“Easter is a very special day for me. And I see sort of in that timeline that I’m thinking about, and I say, wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full — you know, the churches aren’t allowed essentially to have much of a congregation there and most of them, I watched on Sunday online and it was terrific, by the way, but online is never going to be like being there. So I think Easter Sunday and you’ll have packed churches all over our country, I think it would be a beautiful time, and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right. It gives us more chance to work on what we’re doing and I’m not sure that’s going to be the day but I would love to aim it right at Easter Sunday so we are open for church service and services generally on Easter Sunday, that would be a beautiful thing.”
Meanwhile, in a long Twitter thread, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Director Tom Inglesby is warning against the president’s suggestion he may re-open the country as early as next week:
“Anyone advising the end of social distancing now needs to fully understand what the country will look like if we do that. COVID would spread widely, rapidly, terribly, and could kill potentially millions in the year ahead with huge social and economic impact across the country. Before considering big changes to social distancing measures now, we should as quickly as possible get to strongest possible position for COVID response—we’re nowhere near that now.”
Inglesby said that he would welcome “science-informed dialogue” about what businesses could remain opening as long as social distancing is put into place. But, he added, Americans need to press ahead—at least for now—with closed schools, mass telecommuting, no gatherings, and a strong advisory to stay home, which will help slow the pandemic.
(Photo Credit: World Health Organization)
New York City becomes the
new Wuhan: Big Apple now
the new US epicenter of
global coronavirus pandemic
24 March, 2020
By far, most cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in America have occurred in states along both U.S. coastlines, but one of them — New York — has emerged as the U.S. “epicenter” for the disease.
As reported by CNBC, New York City now accounts for nearly half of all coronavirus cases in the country.
According to World Meters, which tracks the virus’ spread in the U.S. in real time, as of this writing there were nearly 25,000 cases of coronavirus in the country; almost 12,000 of them are in New York, where there were 3,247 new cases diagnosed within the previous 24-hour period.
Included in the NYC total, the financial news network reported, are 53 NYPD officers, according to city officials.
“We are now the epicenter of this crisis,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Friday, when the number of confirmed cases only stood at about 5,200.
CNBC notes further:
The mayor said he’s been warning people that the city will run out of protective gear for medical workers in two or three weeks if cases keep rising at this rate.
“If you feel afraid, you’re not alone, if you’re anxious you are not alone,” he said. “New Yorkers are so strong. There are other places in this country this might be a particularly shock to the system, but here … we are tough people by nature.”
The mayor, who has issued orders for New Yorkers to stay inside if at all possible, said if they must venture out to keep six feet away from other people. He also said that for now the city won’t be approving any permits for events or sports in parks, though people can still use them.
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a similar lock-down for the entire state. He said Friday he believes that coronavirus cases will likely peak in about 45 days, but CNBC did not say what information he was using as a base for his estimate.
‘This is the most drastic action we can take’
While cases skyrocket in New York City, health officials working with state and local government agencies are scrambling to find needed supplies and extra hospital beds. Cuomo said he believes that eventually there will be as many as 110,000 people hospitalized at the virus’ peak, but the state only has 53,000 hospital beds. (Related: 6 Natural ways to strengthen the immune system amid the coronavirus outbreak.)
In his order, Cuomo instructed non-essential businesses to keep 100 percent of their employees working from home. He also put in stringent new restrictions on NYC residents that begin Sunday.
“When I talk about the most drastic action we can take, this is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “This is not life as usual. Accept it. Realize it and deal with it.”
Overall, according to The Epoch Times, more than 70 million Americans have been ordered to remain at home under various restrictions and emergency declarations issued by governors and mayors around the country.
“I fully recognize that in some cases I am choosing between saving people’s lives and saving their livelihoods,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday when he issued an order for residents to remain at home as much as possible. “But ultimately, you can’t have a livelihood without a life.”
The moves were praised by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), during a press conference in Washington, D.C.
“We’ve been very successful in doing that with China and with Europe. Now we have the northern and southern border issues,” he said. “There’s a fundamental public health reason for doing that, because we cannot be preventing people from coming in from one area when they can actually go into the other.”