This week officials from the CDC warned parents to anticipate school closures and other “significant disruptions” to everyday life caused by the Coronavirus making its way to the United States.
Dr. Nancy Messonier, head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, urged businesses to anticipate using telephone or video conferences instead of in-person meetings and said that hospitals might consider adding more Telehealth services.
“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore, but a question of when this will happen,” said Messonier. “Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, communities, schools, and everyday people to begin preparing.”
The CDC’s grim warning coincided with the Democratic primary debate in South Carolina, during which several candidates criticized the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19.
President Trump said his administration was “doing a great job” and predicted the Democrats would call his Administration “incompetent” even if the virus “disappeared tomorrow.” As of now, there is still no cure or vaccination for COVID-19.