Bigs Simply Not Prepared for Spread of Coronavirus

We depend on China’s shutdown heartland for the vast majority of our pharma and basic medical supplies. This potential of spread overwhelming Bigs who simply are not prepared for this double whammy. Hope I got that wrong. This is a classic clog in the narrow neck of the healthcare hourglass.

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US hospitals prepare for coronavirus outbreak to become global pandemic A COVID-19 outbreak across the U.S. could overwhelm emergency rooms and cause shortages of face masks and other crucial medical supplies. “At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries,” she warned. U.S. hospitals from San Diego to New York are taking heed.

The threat of the new virus comes at an already busy time for most U.S. hospitals. Another serious respiratory illness, the seasonal flu, is at its peak in the United States, with more than 26 million cases and many hospitals stretched thin. A larger spread of the new virus across the U.S. could overwhelm emergency rooms and quickly cause supply shortages of some crucial medical supplies, according to half a dozen interviews with doctors, U.S. hospitals and health systems.

Don’t get the Coronavirus

So the public should do “what you do every cold and flu season,” said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state — where the first US case of Wuhan coronavirus was confirmed. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you’re the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don’t use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.

WHO also recommends staying at least 3 feet or 1 meter away from anyone who may be infected.

Where Coronavirus has been confirmed

About the Coronavirus

Coronavirus trajectory

  • Dec 31 – 8 cases
  • January 17 – 41 cases
  • January 20 – 198 cases; President Xi Jinping took over.
  • Jan 23 – unprecedented lockdown on Wuhan, the economic engine and transportation hub of China’s central heartland
  • Feb 4 – 20,000 cases
  • Scores of cases have also been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East.
  • Over five million people had already left the city for the Lunar New Year holiday.
  • Now, the virus has spread to every region in the country
  • Scores of cases have also been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Two deaths only outside China in Hong Kong, Philippines

The U.S. has imposed its first federally required quarantine since the smallpox era, half a century ago. Airline passengers from China are now subject to two weeks in isolation.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/02/03/asia/coronavirus-doctor-whistle-blower-intl-hnk/index.html