CDC: Coronavirus coming soon to US

It's a matter of when, not if, the virus spreads across the United States, officials say — but don't panic, either. Despite fears over coronavirus, the flu still poses a greater risk to the public.

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National News

February 26, 2020 - 10:32 AM

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to take precautions in the event that the coronavirus spreads — something officials believe to be inevitable.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country,” CDC Director Nancy Messonnier said. “It’s not so much a question of if, but a question of when.”

Messonnier advised parents to talk to schools about the possibility of internet-based learning in the event that COVID-19 spreads and students would need to refrain from attending classes in a school building, and for businesses to think about how to use teleconferencing meetings in the event that employees would need to work from home. Messonnier said officials would also need to consider whether large community-based events would need to be canceled in such an event.

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