Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
BREAKING! San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) declared a State of Emergency for the city on Tuesday to proactively prepare for possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) in their community.
While there are still zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly and we need to step-up preparedness. Given the high volume of travel between SF and mainland China, it is likely we will see one or more cases eventually. If a San Francisco case is confirmed, the Health Department will make an announcement.
Residents of the Bay Area remain at low risk of becoming infected with this novel (new) coronavirus, unless they have recently traveled to areas with community transmission of the virus, or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Your risk for this virus depends on travel history, not on race, ethnicity or culture.
San Francisco has zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. If a San Francisco case is confirmed, the Health Department will make an announcement, in cooperation with CDC and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Anyone returning from Mainland China since February 3 will be quarantined by the US Government.
If you are returning from anywhere else in China, stay at home for 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) during this time, contact your health provider, inform them of your travel history and self-isolate at home pending their advice.
There is no recommendation to wear masks or cancel your activities at this time. The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures such has consistent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into your arm, staying home when sick, and getting a flu shot to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus.
Public health officials are taking action to protect the public. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the outbreak. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.
The move follows a similar declaration from Santa Clara County earlier this month. The declaration is effective immediately for seven days and will be voted on by the board of supervisors on March 3.
The statement from Breed comes amid stark warnings from U.S. health officials over the chances of an outbreak of the virus in the U.S.
“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday.
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” she added. “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”
More than 77,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in China, where the virus was first detected, but more than 2,000 cases have been identified in other countries. Fifty-seven cases have been confirmed in the U.S., including 40 people who had been repatriated to the country from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Some lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the administration is taking bold enough action to curb the risk of the virus spreading in the U.S., with some saying the $2.5 billion it requested in in emergency coronavirus funding was insufficient.
“It seems to me at the outset that this request for the money, the supplemental, is lowballing it, possibly, and you can’t afford to do that,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a hearing on the agency’s budget request.
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