The coronavirus has caused a worldwide panic.
The pandemic that originated in China is now hitting Europe.
And U.S. health officials have some scary news about the coronavirus.
COVID-19 (the World Health Organization’s official name for the coronavirus) has been confirmed in over 80,000 cases around the world and has caused over 2,700 deaths.
The speed at which COVID-19 is spreading has health officials alarmed.
And U.S. health officials have a chilling warning for America: the spread of COVID-19 to the United States is “inevitable.”
Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said, “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad…It’s not so much a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen…Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”
This is a stark warning to people in the United States to get serious about preparing for a pandemic.
Thus far, there have only been 53 reported cases in the United States and no reported deaths, but COVID-19 spread like wildfire across China, so it must be handled with the utmost seriousness.
The number of confirmed cases are stacking by the day in China, and there are now over 300 cases in Italy with at least seven deaths.
Iran is also experiencing an outbreak, as are other countries in Asia.
The nature of COVID-19 is what’s allowing it to spread so quickly.
The incubation period for the virus is anywhere between three and 24 days, which means it’s incredibly difficult to quarantine.
An infected carrier could be asymptomatic for weeks while he spreads the virus to other people.
COVID-19 has been compared to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in how it attacks the respiratory system.
The SARS panic of 2003 resulted in roughly 8,000 cases and 774 deaths.
While the mortality rate of SARS is more deadly than COVID-19 (10% versus 1-3%), researchers at the University of Texas at Austin posited that COVID-19 is 20 times more likely to infect a person.
That’s why there are already ten times more COVID-19 cases than SARS with no clear end in sight.
An epidemiology professor at Harvard argued that 40-70% of the global population could be infected by COVID-19, which means the United States could see a panic like China has experienced.
Also, the disruption to global markets has already begun.
The Asian markets are in flux, and the U.S. market recently took a major tumble.
The supply chain will undoubtedly be affected by the pandemic.
Now is the time to stock supplies and prepare for a quarantine that could drop at any minute.
You don’t want to get caught off guard.
That’s precisely how COVID-19 was able to escalate so rapidly in China.
In a few short months, the virus spread from one city in China to pockets all around the globe.