By: Ted Patterson
Coronavirus is reaching plague-like conditions in Asia and parts of Europe, and new tests are spreading light on how the disease is spreading in the United States.
Four people in a nursing home in Washington State have died of Coronavirus. Now, the AP reports:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its case count includes 45 infections among people who were on the cruise ship, one more than previously reported. The count includes people who tested positive after returning from travel to outbreak areas in other parts of the world, their close contacts and infections that appear to be from community spread — people who did not travel or have known contact with other infected people.
The CDC recently broadened its guidelines for who should be tested for the new virus to include people with symptoms but without a travel history to virus hot zones.
More testing will bring more confirmed cases, experts said, but they cautioned that does not mean the virus is gaining speed. Instead, the testing is likely to reveal a picture of the virus’ spread that was previously invisible.
“Caution, preparedness, but not panic. That’s how we’re going to successfully navigate this coronavirus situation.”
Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.