This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published in SHTFplan.com
While the coronavirus has hitherto mainly affected China, other countries are also on the verge of outbreaks. As the health official said that Japan is "on the cusp" of its own outbreak, France warned that this virus will become a pandemic.
Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the public should start focusing on COVID-19 cases (the official name of the coronavirus) outside of China when considering global risk. He said Japan seems to be "on the cusp of an outbreak" with 59 confirmed cases and one death so far. Gottlieb made these comments in CNBC’S Squawk Box. "If you start to see that this becomes an epidemic in other nations … it will be extremely worrying that we are not going to control this worldwide," Gottlieb said.
Japan also reported that 88 other people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections on board to 542. The Japanese public broadcaster NHK, citing the health ministry, said on Tuesday that 65 Of the 88 people found to get COVID-19 had no symptoms. A total of 2,404 passengers and crew members have been tested for the virus, according to reports, according to the ministry of health, with 542 infections. The cruise is currently in quarantine in the Japanese port of Yokohama. –CNBC
This news comes when France warns that this outbreak will become a pandemic. According to reports, French Health Minister Olivier Veran warned that there is a "credible risk" that China's rapidly spreading coronavirus can become a worldwide pandemic. Speaking to France Info radio on Tuesday morning, Veran said the possibility that the coronavirus would spread worldwide was "both a functional assumption and a credible risk." The World Health Organization recognizes a pandemic as the worldwide spread of a new disease, and it is on its way to making that distinction. Last month, the United Nations health agency declared the coronavirus a global emergency.
As this virus spreads, facial masks are being sold everywhere. N100 face masks seem to be the best option available at this time; Not all are created equal. Surgical masks can help, but they will not be as effective as a mask that fits well around the nose and mouth. Some health officials even suggest protect eyes too.
So far, there have been 73,437 (if you trust the numbers of China) Infected people and 1874 have died.