US reaction to the COVID-19 coronavirus moves from ‘containment’ to ‘mitigation’

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In interviews across significant telecom networks on Sunday, U.S. authorities everything except conceded that efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, have failed and that the nation now needs to move to moderate the impacts of the proceeding with the spread of the disease on the country’s health and economy.

“We now are seeing community spread and we’re trying to help people understand how to mitigate the impact of disease spread,” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.

Dr. Adams’ concerns were echoed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

“There comes a time,” Fauci said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, “when you have containment which [sic] you’re trying to find out who’s infected and put them in isolation. And if and when that happens — and I hope it’s if and not when — that you get so many people who are infected that the best thing you need to do is what we call mitigation in addition to containment.”

The confirmations are supported by information from Johns Hopkins University, which demonstrates that despite government efforts to contain the novel coronavirus from spreading in the U.S. there are currently at least 474 individuals contaminated with the virus across at least 31 states.

Precise data is hard to learn since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this week that it would never again have the option to give an official tally of tests led or under investigation. The CDC decided since states and private institutions are presently approved to lead their tests — making it hard for the agency to stay aware of the most recent data.

“We are no longer reporting the number of PUIs or patients under investigation nor those who have tested negative,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, at the CDC. “With more and more testing done at states, these numbers would not be representative of the testing being done nationally. States are reporting results quickly and even — states are reporting results quickly and in the event of a discrepancy between CDC and state case counts, the state case counts should always be considered more up to date.”

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