HHS declared Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency in the US
As of Jan. 31, the Wuhan coronavirus is officially a public health emergency in the United States, Alex Azar, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced at a White House press briefing.
On Jan. 31, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal quarantine for 14 days affecting the 195 American evacuees from Wuhan, China. Starting Sunday, Feb. 2, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and immediate family who have visited China’s Hubei province will undergo a mandatory 14 days quarantine and, if they have visited other parts of China, they would be screened at airports and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The last time the CDC had issued a quarantine was over 50 years ago in the 1960s, for smallpox.
President Donald Trump signed an order on Jan. 31 for the U.S. to deny entry to foreign nationals who traveled to China within the preceding two weeks, aside from the immediate family of U.S. citizens.
On Jan. 30, the CDC had confirmed the first case of person to person transmission in the U.S.:  the husband of the Chicago, Illinois case who had returned from Wuhan, China on Jan. 13 and who tested positive for the virus on Jan. 24).
CDC stated on Jan. 30 that “It is likely there will be more cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks, including more person-to-person spread.”
The virus had been confirmed in 5 states.
On Jan. 31, New York City health officials vehemently denied the rumor regarding a coronavirus case in the city .. On Feb. 1, however, the city’s health commissioner did report that there was a test being performed on a person under 40 who had returned from China, developed matching symptoms, and tested negative to the seasonal flu.
- Most US patients had recently visited Wuhan.
- All of the first five U.S. cases were described as mild.
- A study on the first US case of novel coronavirus detailed mild symptoms followed by pneumonia
- U.S. Airlines suspended ALL flights between the U.S. and China
On Friday, January 31, Delta, American and United announced they would temporarily suspend all of their mainland China flights in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
on Jan. 28 had announced it would cut 24 flights between the U.S. and China for the first week of February.
on Jan. 29 had announced it would suspend flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai and Beijing from Feb. 9 through March 27, 2020. It will maintain its flight schedules (10 daily A/R) from Dallas-Fort Worth to Shanghai and Beijing, as well as from Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth to Hong Kong.
had not adjusted its schedule of direct flights from the U.S. to China. It is the only airline with direct flights to not take action so far.
The White House was considering issuing a ban on flights between the United States and China, as of late Jan. 28. Italy has announced on January 31 that it was suspending all flights to and from China following the first 2 cases of coronavirus in Italy.
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