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CDC believes the coronavirus will ‘take a foothold in the U.S.’ Here’s what that means

The CDC expects the coronavirus to grow within the United States

A patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province.
In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Peng Zhiyong, center, head of the department of critical care medicine, and his colleagues attend to a patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Xiong Qi, Xinhua via Associated Press

The new coronavirus spreading across the world is expected to “take a foothold in the U.S.,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

  • The new virus has a name called Corona Virus Disease, or, COVID-19.

What is the CDC saying about the coronavirus?

  • Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told multiple reporters that the virus is expected to spread, according to CNBC.
  • Messonnier: “At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries. This will trigger a change in our response strategy.”

How many people affected by the coronavirus?

  • There have been 13 cases of the virus in the United States, according to ABC News.
  • At least 1,115 have died from the disease across the world, according to CNN.
  • More than 45,000 have been sickened from the coronavirus, too, CNN reports.

The CDC is limited, though

  • Per Reuters, the CDC has not been invited to send experts to help with the investigation of the coronavirus outbreak, though.
  • The World Health Organization arrived in China on Monday to look into the outbreak.
  • The U.S. is waiting for approval to send experts to help with the WHO, though, according to Reuters.