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New York, Feb 25 (Canadian-Media): A warning was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday that the novel coronavirus that has sparked outbreaks around the world is expected to begin spreading at a community level in the United States, media reports said.
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Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said that coronavirus that had hit the countries, had spread rapidly to community levels and wants to make sure the American public is prepared.
“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” she said
She urged American businesses and families to start preparing for the possibility of a bigger outbreak, recommended telecommuting opportunities for business employees, and expansion of telehealth in the US hospitals.
“Disruption to everyday life might be severe,” Messonnier said, adding that she talked to her children about the issue Tuesday morning. “While I didn’t think they were at risk right now, we as a family ought to be preparing for significant disruption to our lives.”
Data on measures that could be used to stem the spread of the virus is being evaluated by CDC, said Messonnier, including school closures and other social distancing strategies, voluntary home quarantines, and surface cleaning methods.
The study of these strategies by the CDC is based on data from past flu outbreaks, but its recommendations for the new virus would be tailored.