The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the rise in the number of countries with community spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, likely portends community spread in the United States.

“Ultimately we will see community spread in the US; not a question of if, but when, and of how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” said Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a press conference.

And Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of the CDC, said, “Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” according to CNBC.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of when this will happen,” she added.

From containment to mitigation

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