The U.S. is not Prepared for the Coronavirus Pandemic

When a President cares more about the markets than about public health, we have a problem. The CDC already messed up with fault test kits for the novel coronavirus. Now the U.S. has a 5th death, and the pandemic outbreak has likely been spreading locally for over 6 weeks.

Only a few countries are on top of things with screening and testing, South Korea and Taiwan, to name a couple. The U.S. would rank near the bottom due to a test kit scandal.

The White House coronavirus task force is expressing “great concern” there will be more person-to-person transmissions of the disease, but experts know there are already community clusters in California, Washington State and likely elsewhere.

As the Coronavirus outbreak spreads into new countries such as Italy, France, Germany and Spain, the U.S. with the CDC doesn’t appear to be taking appropriate measures.

The U.S today is reporting nearly 100 cases of the coronavirus, apparently out of nowhere, because previously tests were not being done. If South Korea can do 10,000 tests a day, the U.S.did less than 500 tests before February 27th, 2020. This is not acceptable for a CDC that boasts of being one of the best teams in the world.

  • Cases in the U.S. have jumped from 35 on February 23rd, 2020 to 96 on March 2nd.
  • The lack of the CDC’s capability to do tests up until now is a national scandal. This is not how you handle a potential pandemic in your own backyard.
  • The first case in New York State and more cases on the East Coast have now finally been announced.

Seattle is likely to become an epicenter like Tehran (Iran) and Milan (Italy). Seattle is a technology hub where Amazon and near where Microsoft HQ are located.

Dr. Matt McCarthy, an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and the author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, thinks the United States needs to step up its coronavirus testing game.

The lack of tests for #coronavirus is a “national scandal,” says @DrMattMcCarthy

— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) March 2, 2020

The U.S. meanwhile is underestimating the impact on retail, SMBs and SMEs and overestimating their ability to conduct business as usual when a climate of fear grips U.S. consumers.

  • Seattle has had at least 4 deaths by the novel coronavirus, being an epicenter for the U.S. West Coast.
  • The U.S. Government and CDC haven’t been dealing with the pandemic properly in the first few weeks, and it’s a major concern containment protocols are now out of the question.
  • The US is seeing a rising number of cases of “community spread” — those patients had no known exposure to the virus or travel history to countries where outbreaks have been reported. Without “draconian” measures the U.S. is likely to see a worse outcome than China has experienced.

The CDC is Being Controlled by Trump

CDC schedules media briefing, then cancels at last minute

Even today the CDC’s information is being censored. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly postponed a media briefing that was originally scheduled at noon — at the last minute and without explanation.

The agency was expected to discuss new cases in California and Washington state that were confirmed over the weekend, as well as the nation’s first two deaths outside of Seattle.

There’s increasing evidence of incompetency by the CDC and political control over the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. will lead to greater economic pain for the markets and a more serious public health crisis now.

So what does a pandemic outbreak look like in the United States?

There are now new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or presumptive cases in multiple states including: California, Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Rhode Island, New York and Florida.

To make matters worse, the CDC took down its figures of testing. That is, CDC dropped coronavirus testing numbers from their website. What could that mean? A tally of the number of people tested for the novel coronavirus disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Monday March 2nd, 2020.

BREAKING: The CDC has stopped disclosing the number of Americans tested for coronavirus.

On the left is how the website looked last night. On the right is what it looks like now, with the testing info removed.

The lack of testing is a scandal.

This is the coverup.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 2, 2020

This could be considered a Presidential cover-up of data transparency on the inefficiency of the CDC, just as the first deaths of the pandemic are being reported.

No coincidence, we saw the stock market rebound in the great gains in a single day for the Dow Jones. In the entire United States, only 472 people had been tested for the Coronavirus, as of March 1st, 2020.

That the CDC took the testing info down and canceled their press conference today is a form of censorship that is an anti-fear campaign with regards to the severity of the pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to accelerate work on the development of a coronavirus vaccine, but provided no details. Without serious mitigation protocols in place, the U.S. is very vulnerable to community spread in March, 2020.

If the WHO is a joke being influenced by China, what is the CDC that is being influenced by a President who cares more about the stock market rally than our public health safety?

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