US stocks took a plunge this morning after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a briefing warning Americans to prepare for an “inevitable” coronavirus outbreak in the United States and even a global pandemic.
“It’s not a question of if but when,” said one Doctor with the CDC. The warning comes as the total number of cases swells to over 80,000 while the death toll climbs toward 3,000.
The Countries hardest hit by the recent explosion of coronavirus are Iran, Italy, and South Korea. 57 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States.
The White House today requested a total of $2.5 billion to bolster the Department of Health & Human Services’ emergency response capabilities.
One CDC official told reporters that schools should be prepared to utilize technology-based education tools while employees should be prepared to use video or phone conferencing adding, “We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad.”
Meanwhile, President Trump reassured Americans saying, “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart…”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also held a briefing this morning in which he admonished China and Iran for their lack of international cooperation, censoring free speech, and minimizing the outbreak in their countries.
On a more positive note, the CDC has announced that human trials for a new coronavirus vaccine will begin as soon as six weeks from now. However, the process of testing, manufacturing, and distribution may take as long as a year or more.
Analysts say that there are some in the scientific community who believe that the coronavirus may be seasonal like the flu, something the media mocked President Trump for saying just weeks ago.