USA reports 57 Cases of Coronavirus

USA reports 57 Cases of Coronavirus

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USA reports 57 Cases of Coronavirus

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States rose to 57 on Tuesday, with four more patients who were on a cruise ship, the CDC said. The current total breaks down to 40 passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was traveling in Asia, three people repatriated from China, and 14 US cases. Of the 14 US cases, eight are in California, two in Illinois and one each in Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona and Wisconsin.

Although President Donald Trump cast coronavirus as "a problem that's going to go away," experts worry a pandemic could be in the offing, given the virus' spread in Europe and the Middle East.

The CDC is employing a twofold approach, working to contain the virus while also implementing strategies to lessen the impacts on communities, Messonnier told reporters.

"We've also enacted the first quarantine of this scale in the US, and are supporting the State Department and (Department of Health and Human Services) in repatriating citizens from high-risk areas," she said.
In addition, the center is tracking and isolating cases when it can, issuing travel advisories for affected countries and taking on the increasingly difficult task of preventing the introduction of new cases, most notably at points of entry into the United States, she said.

Messonnier described the containment strategies as "largely successful" and said they were geared toward "buying us more time to prepare."

"I think we would expect something similar to that because we don't have an antiviral drug," Dr. Anthony Fauci told Chris Cuomo Tuesday night on "Cuomo Prime Time." "The people who are dying who require intensive care, for example in an intensive care unit  maybe even intubation for respiratory assistance in breathing the Chinese have that. They have a pretty good system, and yet you're still seeing the 2% mortality. So if, in fact, we do get a pandemic that does impact us in this country, I think you're going to see comparable types of morbidity and mortality."

Participants in the US treatment group will receive 200 milligrams of remdesivir intravenously when they're enrolled in the study. They will receive another 100 milligrams while they are hospitalized for up to 10 days total. A placebo group will receive a solution that resembles remdesivir but contains only inactive ingredients, the NIH said.
                                     
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