The United States is on the brink of a larger coronavirus outbreak that may reflect uncontained spread in other countries, according to a top official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“What is happening now in the United States may be the beginning of what is happening abroad,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Tuesday. “We will continue to maintain, for as long as practical, an aggressive national posture of containment. That said, you might see some local communities taking specific actions to mitigate the disease.”

While containment efforts focus on identifying and isolating cases of the novel coronavirus, Messonnier warned that mitigation efforts – those that seek to reduce the virus’ impact on communities once it’s already spreading – may be coming. 

“As more areas see community spread, local communities may start employing tools that encourage social distancing,” she said. “The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure by reducing face-to-face contact and preventing spread among people in community settings.”

Source: CNN.News

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