CDC on Coronavirus: Prepare for ‘Community Spread’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alarming update on the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 on Tuesday. Despite President Trump’s insistence that the situation is "very much under control," health officials warned that the virus could soon spread throughout the United States.

“As we’ve seen from recent countries with community spread, when it has hit those countries, it has moved quite rapidly. We want to make sure the American public is prepared,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”

The CDC advised Americans to begin preparing now for significant disruptions to their daily lives, including school and work closures. The stock market is already reacting to COVID-19’s foray into countries like Italy and Iran.

Cities and counties are reacting accordingly. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been on high alert for weeks. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer hosted a discussion Monday about COVID-19 and county efforts to prepare. 

Also on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited San Francisco’s Chinatown to field concerns and mount a show of confidence in the efforts of city leaders.

“That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here," Pelosi said. "Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation.” 

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency.