The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its stance on the risk posed by the new coronavirus to high-risk populations,media BGR reported. With the virus spreading across the United States, the CDC said Tuesday that people over the age of 60 and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes should be prepared for long-term isolation at home rather than travel.
The U.S. government has not even discussed the possibility of a large-scale city closure, but other hard-hit countries have taken such drastic measures. On Monday, Italy announced the expansion of the city-wide closure, with China in the weeks to establish a wide range of quarantine rules to curb the spread of the disease.
Of the more than 100,000 confirmed coVID-19 infections, the most serious health problems are among those at high risk, such as the elderly and those with heart disease and diabetes. When dealing with a large-scale outbreak like the new corona virus, things become particularly difficult.
Shortages of testing reagents and medical supplies, as well as price hikes on daily necessities, are putting increasing pressure on individuals seeking to protect themselves from long-term effects. People with compromised or mental health conditions may feel that instead of going to the store to buy what they need, they choose to rely on online sellers, who in some cases will raise prices.
“It’s fair to say that as the outbreak continues, many people in the U.S. will be exposed to the virus sometime this year or next, and there’s a good chance that many people will get sick,” Nancy Messonnier of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases told reporters. “This seems to be a disease that affects adults and the most serious older people. For people over 60 years of age, the risk of disease increases and the risk increases with age. “
The CDC’s advice for high-risk groups is to stock up on their existing conditions and make sure they have enough groceries and other vital necessities to live at home for long periods of time. Since it is difficult to estimate the duration of such voluntary isolation, the CDC is unable to provide any specific guidance on how large such reserves should be.