The coronavirus is wreaking havoc across Asia.
It’s even come to America.
And now the coronavirus could spread in America because of one horrible mistake.
The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China has infected over 60,000 people and killed at least 1,357.
China has resorted to extreme measures in order to combat the spread of the pandemic.
They’ve issued quarantines, dropped chemicals from drones, arrested people suspected of having the coronavirus, and are censoring people who speak out about it.
Despite the communist government’s efforts, the coronavirus has swept across China and affected other countries.
Confirmed cases are popping up in South and Southeast Asia, and a Japanese cruise ship has been quarantined due to 174 cases aboard the ship.
There are also 14 confirmed cases in America across several states.
And one blunder could mean the coronavirus could spread even more.
UC San Diego Health—a regional research hospital specializing in deadly and infectious diseases—released four patients after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the hospital that the patients had tested negative for coronavirus.
However, further testing by the CDC confirmed that the patient did have the coronavirus.
Considering the pandemic is airborne and appears to be easily transmitted, it’s impossible to know if the released patient infected anyone else while being released.
According to predictions from health officials, an infected person will transmit the coronavirus to 2.5 people.
Further complicating matters is the possibility that the coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 24 days, and carriers are asymptomatic throughout this time.
That means the patient who was incorrectly released could’ve transmitted the virus to people who may not experience any symptoms for weeks.
In that time frame, they could infect others, thus spreading the virus rapidly, which is precisely what happened in China.
Health experts also believe 60% of the globe could be infected, so this could be one of the worst pandemics America has ever seen.
The United States as a country didn’t exist during the Middle Ages when plagues ravaged Europe.
The U.S. also avoided the 20th-century flu epidemics that killed millions in Europe and Asia.
The characteristics of the coronavirus could cause it to spread very quickly in America.
Although the mortality rate is relatively low (1 to 2% currently), high proliferation of cases would cause a significant amount of deaths, and trigger a panic that would have a lot of ramifications.
If you live in an area where there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus, now would be a good time to review your pandemic preparation.
Limit your exposure to public spaces, and have a healthy stock of essential supplies, including water and first aid.
Until the CDC lowers the threat level, take every precaution you can, because there’s still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus.