The coronavirus, which has officially been renamed Covid-19, is putting individuals all across the globe in a frenzy after China’s Hubei province announced 242 new deaths [Source: CNN]. The news source also reported that new infections increased there by more than 14,000. The U.S. has also seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases as well. Instead of 12, there are now 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the U.S., eight in California, one in Texas, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington, one in Arizona, two in Illinois and one in Wisconsin, reports CNN.
While many might be shocked to learn of the major increase in number, CNN says this is “partly due to a broader definition of what constitutes a confirmed case.” Rather just testing positive for Covid-19, people are also being diagnosed with the virus when they display certain symptoms. The symptoms most commonly associated with the coronavirus or Covid-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also saying that symptoms may begin to show up within two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. The agency is recommending that anyone who has traveled to China within the past two weeks and has developed similar symptoms contact their doctor immediately.
Why hasn’t China accepted help from the CDC?
While the CDC has been providing individuals with frequent updates on Covid-19 as well as basic information for those who are seeking it, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN that the agency has yet to be invited into China since it offered help nearly six weeks ago. Redfield said that “There’s a lot of information we don’t know — that’s why I offered to provide assistance, direct assistance, and send our CDC folks over there back on January 6thto really help them gather that information and also to help us see the information first hand that we need to help make the right public health recommendations for our nation.”
Unfortunately, Redfield told the source that the correspondence that was sent to the Chinese government has yet to be responded to. And until the independent nation decides to invite the CDC in, the agency is unable to learn more about the virus and potentially help contain and control it.
Redfield says, “The novel coronavirus may impact the world for some time to come.”
Since there is much more to learn about the Covid-19, Redfield believes that the virus is likely to be “with us beyond this season [and] beyond this year.” The CDC Director also said that he thinks “the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission. You can start to think of it in the sense like the seasonal flu.” Since there has not yet been a vaccine created to treat the Covid-19, the CDC says the agency will be “intensifying their surveillance.”