The CDC warns that the coronavirus will spread to the U.S. but that the extent of the spread is not known.

More specifically, Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC is warning that there will be a major disruption to daily life. Such disruptions include canceling mass gatherings, closing schools and urging workers to complete their tasks at home.

“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” said Messonnier.

The number of cases in the U.S. remains relatively low. There have been 14 cases diagnosed in different localities throughout country. Additionally, there were 40 diagnosed from the Diamond Princess quarantined cruise ship. Finally, amongst Americans returning from China, there were 3 infected Americans.

However, keeping track of a possible surge in cases will be difficult for the U.S. to handle. As it currently stands, hospitals have to send patient samples to the CDC for testing in order to get a proper diagnosis.

The CDC has distributed test kits, but they were found to be ineffective because of a faulty reagent. Other states have used third party test kits, but those only act as a supplement and do not completely satisfy the demand for test kits.

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