Earlier today, Karen wrote about the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. Or at least it was just in China at one point. Now it’s spread to several neighboring regions. The New York Post reports that the initially reported death toll has doubled in a matter of days, though that’s largely due to the fact that doctors now know what they’re looking for and are probably catching up on previously misidentified cases.
One fact from Karen’s article that really caught my eye (and not in a good way) was picked up yesterday at CNN. This is no longer a problem that’s “somebody else’s problem” on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. The first reported case in America has already shown up in Washington State.
The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia.
CDC officials said the United States will be more strict about health screenings of airplane passengers arriving from Wuhan.