According to the CDC’s latest press conference it’s no longer a matter of if Coronavirus will hit the United States, but when and how bad it will get.
This morning the CDC changed the way they are now talking about Coronavirus and warned businesses, communities, schools, and families to start preparing for the prospect of an American outbreak of coronavirus.
“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, said on a conference call Tuesday.
“We want to prepare Americans for the possibility that their lives will be disrupted,” she said.
CDC is preparing for wide-scale community outbreaks in the U.S.
“As time keeps ticking forward, we’re going to be, again, preparing as if this is going to continue, and preparing as if we’re going to see community spread in the near term,” Messonnier said. “But I’m always going to be hopeful that that disease will decline either for the summer or that we’ll be over-prepared or that we won’t see that kind of high-level transmission here in the U.S.”
“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” Messionnier said on Tuesday. “You should think about what you would do for child care if schools or daycares closed.”
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Prepare for Serious Issues NOW
In our opinion, as we started highlighting yesterday, the CDC is completely unprepared for this outbreak. In fact, the CDC is still not able to get test kits out to the states and judging from today’s press conference seems to be playing catch up on just about everything.
While we don’t know how deadly or serious the virus may become inside of the United States, we do know most people are grossly unprepared to face a long-term crisis, and that could become an even larger problem than the virus itself.
We are already seeing a run on products and serious supply chain problems throughout the world. We urge you to have at least a 2-4 week supply of food and water on hand at all times, but with that being said you may be looking at a lot longer than that should this thing go bad.
In some areas of China people have been on lockdown for almost 2 months! Could you survive the next 2 months with only the supplies you have in your home? I also urge you to read our article on Pandemics and How to Prepare for a Pandemic Outbreak.