The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest global health crisis in a very long time. It has already far surpassed the number of infections and deaths that resulted from the SARS epidemic is 2003. The situation seems to be getting worse every day. The coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan. This is the capitol of Hubei Province. The Chinese government did what they could to prevent people from leaving the city after the virus was discovered. However, it has spread very quickly and now there have been infected people found in other countries. The United States is already making plans for a pandemic as there are now more than 30 reported coronavirus cases in the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been at the forefront of the pandemic preparations. The definition of a pandemic is a disease epidemic that is taking place on multiple continents at the same time. There are more than 70,000 people who have been infected with the coronavirus so far. The situation is now a big problem for many other countries besides China. For example, there are more than 200 infected people in South Korea. This number doubled within a period of 24 hours.
The U.S. government is urging people to reconsider taking a cruise around the Asia region at this point because of the risk involved. There is also the chance that cruises in that part of the world will have certain restrictions as a result of the outbreak. The U.S. Department of State has released an official statement saying that they will not allow American citizens back into the country if they have chosen to take Asian cruises after the coronavirus outbreak became an international crisis. There are a few American citizens who are being treated in Japan right now for coronavirus. They will not be brought back to the U.S. for the foreseeable future.
The United States is being proactive to make sure that they are not caught in a situation where they are not prepared in the likely event that he number of infections goes up by a large number. There are literally thousands of people who took recent trips to Asia and returned to the U.S. recently. Many of these people have quarantined themselves in their homes. They are doing this for a period of two weeks to make sure they do not show any symptoms of the coronavirus.
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