The coronavirus has gone global.
To date, 26 people around the world have now died, and another 900 have been affected around the world. Chinese hospitals have been “overwhelmed.” Public transportation is being closed down to prevent the spread. Lunar New Year celebrations have been canceled.
The virus has also made its way to the U.S.
In fact, the CDC just confirmed the second case of the virus today in Chicago – and are now monitoring 63 potential cases stretching across 22 states.
“CDC believes the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time, but the situation is evolving rapidly,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said, as quoted by CNBC, adding that there is likely to be more cases in coming days. “We have our best people working on this problem.”
At this time, the World Health Organization has declined to designate the virus as a global health emergency. According to CNBC, they’re trying “to contain the fast-spreading illness without unnecessarily spooking global trade.”
In addition, a U.S. Senator just said the CDC is about to confirm the third case of the virus in the U.S., as reported by Zero Hedge. Other cases are rumored to have been found in Texas and at LAX. But neither have been confirmed.
As of Jan. 24, the virus has hit China, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and the U.S.