QUESTION: What is the federal government doing regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
ANSWER: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), of course, has taken the lead and is constantly updating the public on the situation. Yesterday, the CDC confirmed an infection in California in someone who did not have travel history or exposure to someone else with COVID-19. The CDC stated, “At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown. It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.”
The CDC went on to state, “This case was detected through the U.S. public health system — picked up by astute clinicians. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.”