I usually just post things about writing and creativity here, but in light of the CDC’s recent absence of information regarding coronavirus (and a lengthy conversation on Facebook) I feel compelled to share where you can find updated facts.
I was told today that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was ordered by our government to stop sharing statistics on the spread of the coronavirus.
I haven’t verified this myself yet, but when I went to the CDC site there is information missing on numbers of people tested, but more important to me is there numbers haven’t changed today. This isn’t because no one new has gotten sick—the CDC just isn’t updating their numbers despite the claim that the page was updated at 4 p.m. today.
You can still find information (not hyped up news, just facts) on the World Health Organization site. This is non partisan, unbiased factual information. Everyday they post a report on the new numbers. You can find the link to their daily reports here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
As of this post, in the US there are:
- 108 total confirmed cases,
- 44 new confirmed cases,
- 6 deaths and
- 4 new deaths
We have local transmission, meaning it is spreading from person to person in our country. These statistics are from Situation report – 44 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 04 March 2020.
At the moment, the CDC is reporting
- Total cases: 80
- Total deaths: 9
- States reporting cases: 13
The coronavirus is something to be very aware of and prepared for, but it is just a virus. Wash hands, avoid touching your face and avoid people that are coughing/sneezing. Because so many countries are being quarantined, many find themselves unable to work. The bills don’t go away because there’s a quarantine, so now would be a good time to set aside a little extra for expenses in case the paychecks stop temporarily.
Here are some additional, relevant links: