"We never expected we’d catch every traveler with novel coronavirus from China. It would be impossible. We’re not seeing spread here in the United States yet, but it is possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen. "

U.S. health officials provide latest update on COVID-19 and guidance on how to interpret the number of U.S. cases.

  • Worldwide: The outbreak has infected more than 79,000 and killed nearly 2,600 in at least 30 countries across the globe. Outside of Asia, Italy has the most cases.
  • China: There are 77,000+ cases and more than 2,500 have died.
  • U.S.: Of the 50 case currently reported, most are people who were flown back to the U.S (aka “repatriated”): 3 from Wuhan, China and 36 former passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. The 14 remaining cases were detected and tested in the United States.
    • WHY THE DISTINCTION MATTERS:  The CDC is purposely  separating out the people that are repatriated because that number “doesn’t reflect transmission and risk in general in the U.S.
      • BOTTOM LINE: With no vaccine or medicine to treat COVID-19 specifically, the CDC says its goal right now is to slow the introduction of the virus into the U.S. in order to prevent a pandemic.  The CDC expects additional cases will be reported, but to date, no Americans have died, and at least five people have fully recovered.

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