- WHO warns the rest of the world “is not ready for the virus to spread…”
- CDC warns Americans “should prepare for possible community spread” of virus.
- San Francisco Mayor declares state of emergency
- Later, CDC says pandemic not a question of it, but when
- Brazil may have South America’s first coronavirus case
- Germany confirms 2nd case on Tuesday, brings total to 17
- Italy cases spike to 322; deaths hit 10
- Japan’s Shiseido tesll 8k employees to work from home
- Kudlow tries to jawbone markets higher
- HHS Sec. Azar warns US lacks stockpiles of masks
- Italy Hotel in Lockdown After First Coronavirus Case in Liguria
- Algeria confirms 1st case
- First case in Switzerland
- Kuwait halts all flights to Singapore and Japan
- Iran confirms 95 cases, 15 deaths
- First case in Austria
- Spain reports 7 cases in under 24 hours, including in Madrid, Canary Islands, Barcelona
- Iran Deputy Health Minister infected with Covid-19 a day after saying “everything is fine” in a speech
A lot is happening with this and its happening fast.
Brazil’s Health Ministry said a man has tested positive for the coronavirus on in initial test. If it’s confirmed in a second test, it will be the first case in South America.
The virus has already spread from Asia to Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.
On that note, El Salvador on Tuesday announced it would prevent entry of people from Italy and South Korea.
In Spain, a 7th cases has been confirmed in under 24 hours. Just over a day ago, Spain had zero confirmed cases.
Though it’s unconfirmed, there’s a rumor floating around twitter that an Iranian official who met with the Ayatollah a few days ago has tested positive for the virus.
Germany had reported its first case of the virus, Europe’s largest economy has just reported its second case, according to domestic media reports.
The first patient was reportedly a 25-year-old German who recently traveled to Milan. Patient No. 2 was confirmed near Germany’s border with the Netherlands. The man is in critical condition.
This brings Germany’s total cases to 18.
SFChronicle reports that Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency for San Francisco Tuesday, which will ramp up the city’s efforts to prepare for and confront potential cases.
There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Francisco to date, but “the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Breed said in a statement.
Three people have been treated at San Francisco hospitals for coronavirus, two of which have been discharged, but to date no cases have originated inside the city.
“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”
Here’s an update on the situation in Iran via the Washington Post.
A CDC rep had this to say.
Our public health system has detected 14 people among the travelers entering the US. The fact that we have been cases at this level is an accomplishment. Based on what we know right now we believe the immediate risk in the US remains ‘low’. But we must use this time to prepare for the event of human transmission in the US. Part of that is educating the public about what transition from emergency measures to community-based measures would look like.
“Patients with the virus with mild or no symptoms have been placed in medical environments in quarantined. That level of care is mostly not needed. In most cases, the proper care would be management at home, with use of healthcare facilities only permitted for those with other underlying conditions, the elderly and other vulnerable people.”
“Circumstances suggest the virus will cause a pandemic, if that happens, new strategies will need to be implemented. These interventions at the community level will vary depending on local conditions.”
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen, but when, and how many people will become infected, and how many of those will develop a more complicated disease. “
Well, there you have it…
Everything is fine. it’s just the sniffles.