Report: U.S. Military Is Preparing For A Potential Coronavirus Pandemic
The Defense Department is implementing plans to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill, including the quarantine of service members who have traveled to China this month.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the order for pandemic plans to go into effect earlier this month, and per the Military Times, "troops around Asia have begun enforcing the directive at their own discretion on members who have traveled to China during the dates specified."
Most recently, the Navy and Marine Corps issued messages this week saying the actions are in accordance with the Department of Defense Global Campaign blueprint for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13, which The Hill noted is "the Pentagon’s plan for combating the spread of the flu and previously unknown diseases."
Just on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reported a 15th case of coronavirus in the United States, nearly all of which were contacted while traveling to China.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN on Thursday that the coronavirus is likely to remain an issue in the U.S. “beyond this season, or beyond this year.”
China has confirmed about 45,000 cases of the virus so far, with another 441 having been confirmed in other countries.