The CDC offers advice to prepare for the worst, but at all costs, don't panic.
In an effort to prevent the contraction of the coronavirus, and to minimize the effects if you do contract the virus, is to make an effort to start preparing now. Health experts warn that as there have already been several cases reported and confirmed within our borders, that Americans have little to no time to waste.
Dr. Anand Parekh, attached to the Bipartisan Policy Center, offers: “You always have to hope for the best, but you absolutely have to prepare for the worst." He went on to add that the most important as well as crucial thing for the American people to remember is to be prepared, not to panic.
On Friday, the reported number of confirmation deaths and infections worldwide continued to grow. As a result, the stock market more than felt the effect for the sixth straight day. As of this writing, there are 62 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US, as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The country of Italy has seen a somewhat substantial jump in cases, with the most recent number being 821. Iran reported stands at the number 388 coronavirus cases confirmed in the country. According to health officials, more than 83,000 have been confirmed infected, and 2800 have lost their lives, worldwide.
Parekh reminds us that "microbes know no borders," and as such, we may very well be to the point where the coronavirus will not be able to be contained. He also suggests that the public refrain from rushing to stock up on the m90 surgical masks. He feels that these should be available to the infected, health care workers, or those who think they may have been exposed.
Health experts suggest that in place of facial masks, the public would be better prepared with the stocking of hand sanitizer, cleansing wipes, and other such types of disinfectants. The public seems to be taking these suggestions to heart, as the stock in such companies as Clorox and tissue makers have seen record highs, even as the overall stock market drops.
Do you agree with the CDC that preparedness is what we need now and not all-out panic?