The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has worked with hospitals and pharmacies to find out about medical supplies, the FBI ordered $40,000 for hand sanitizers and masks, and five U.S. public defender labs tested patients with flu-like symptoms for a new coronavirus.
At the same time, the domestic situation of seasonal influenza is still grim: 26 million Americans have been infected with influenza virus, 250000 people have been hospitalized, 14000 people have died.
(CNBC: CDC is preparing for a possible pandemic of new coronavirus. Factories and schools may also need to be closed.)
The CDC's director of the National Center for Immune and Respiratory Diseases, Nancy Masoniel, said in a media briefing on Monday that although the new corona virus is not currently community-borne in the United States, it is still "very likely" to have a pandemic across the country.
To this end, she said, CDC is working with state and local health departments to "prepare our public health personnel to respond to local cases". She also revealed that CDC is also working with supply chain partners, hospitals, pharmacies and other partners to understand the demand for medical materials, "to ensure that front-line medical workers can obtain the required supplies."
In addition, Mason Neil also mentioned China's measures to shut down schools, and said the United States may eventually follow suit. "We may need to do the same in this country, and that day may come." She said.
Not only that, according to the US media report on February 5, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an urgent authorization for CDC nucleic acid detection technology on February 4, allowing it to conduct new coronavirus nucleic acid detection in all designated qualified public health laboratories in the United States. CDC later announced that it would distribute about 200 kits to 115 US laboratories. Each kit can test 700 to 800 patient samples.
But CNBC News reported Monday that only California, Nebraska and Illinois have the ability to detect nucleic acids because of problems with the nucleic acid detection kit provided by CDC.
Novel coronavirus is also found to be the same as influenza symptoms and infection. The CDC announced on the 14 day that it will start testing the new crown virus in the public health laboratory of San Francisco, Losangeles, Chicago, Seattle and New York, according to the Axios news network.