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First Death by Coronavirus in USA

The horrors of coronavirus are not slowing down and this week starts with news about first death in the USA caused by a coronavirus. Reports tell that an American citizen has lost his life to this Chinese coronavirus outbreak. The US embassy in China declares that this victim was a 60 years old American who recently died in Wuhan city of Hubei province.

This is is the epicenter of this new viral outbreak where thousands of people are infected and nearly 1000 have lost their lives to it. However, this is the first reported death of a non-Chinese person.

The US embassy in Beijing said;

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. Out of the respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

This news was busted during the death toll analysis of coronavirus which has risen to 722 people only in China. The reported cases of this virus are estimated to be nearly 34,000.

Many countries are following an evacuation plan for their citizens. In this regard, two chartered planes by the US Department of Defense (DoD) have reached back to the US carrying approximately 300 people from China.

All these people who have been brought to the USA have been put under a federal quarantine of two weeks as per recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Till the date, round about 800 people from different countries have been evacuated from Wuhan, China on these private flights ever since this outbreak has started. Some 550 people are currently under quarantine at Californian military bases.

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US Health Officials have declared that there would be no more flights to bring more people, as almost every US citizen in Wuhan has been taken out from China.

“The Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy” displays a sign to remind people that they must take care of their hand hygiene to reduce the risk of coronavirus. This place is a designated quarantine site and accommodates as a quarantine for coronavirus suspected travelers.

China has displayed similar warning signs at almost all public places in an attempt to educate people about this recent outbreak.

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So far, there are 12 coronavirus cases reported in the USA in states California, Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin. And almost all of these cases were among people who traveled to china or were in close contact with people who traveled to China.

“The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services” worries about this coronavirus to be a serious public health threat and Americans should take immediate actions against it.

Alex Azar, Secretary at Health & Human Services, has offered Beijing medical help from US experts. He says;

 “Our longstanding offer to send world-class experts to China to assist remains on the table, and this week the State Department helped deliver 17.8 tons of relief supplies to Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak,”

But there is currently no news from China on whether or not they are accepting it. CDC has already offered help to China more than a month ago but no response from the Chinese government has reached headlines.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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