Five Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Dulles International Airport have been ordered to self-quarantine due to possible coronavirus exposure.
The information was provided late Tuesday during an official briefing for members of Congress, Just the News has learned.
One CBP National Targeting Center (NTC) officer was also ordered to self-quarantine. The NTC center in Sterling, Virginia, works to “catch travelers and detect cargo that threaten our country’s security.”
All six CBP officers have reportedly been told to isolate themselves until March 14.
Several additional coronavirus deaths were reported in the U.S. late Tuesday. Most of the fatalities to date have occurred among the elderly in Washington State in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Officials say there have been no serious cases or deaths reported among young Americans.
The latest update provided to Congress also adds more than 100 new confirmed cases in the U.S. (Continued...)
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Stop panicking, America!
The U.S.A.. has a pathogen infection every year on the scale of a national epidemic; its called Influenza Type A and B. Here are the numbers so far:
2019-2020 Flu Season
Total number of flu cases = 29,000,000 (29 million)
Total number of hospitalizations = 280,000
Total number of flu related deaths = 16,000
ADRI (Average Daily Rate of Infection) for 244 days (October - May) = 118.852
That means more than 118 thousand Americans are infected with influenza every day of this flu season and it isn't over yet.
There is no cure for influenza like for small pox. Every year antibodies are created in laboratories and administered in a vaccine for the most common strains of influenza Type A or B analyzed but it's no guarantee that a person won't become infected. with the flu.
So now we have the media sounding the panic alarm about coronavirus nearly everyday. How many U.S. cases have there been since the first one was reported on January 21, 2020? As of today (3/11/2020), 1,109 people have tested positive an average of around 20 cases per day.
Let's examine the facts about this contagion more closely. The epicenter of the disease began in China, spread to East Asia, then to Europe and now it has arrived in North America. The coronavirus microorganism does not have wings to carry it into the upper atmosphere and across the planet, It needs a human host and that is where government has failed to focus its enforcement powers to contain and slow it entering the United States.
People have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus predominately in three coastal States: Washington State, California and New York State.
Source: https://time.com/5800901/coronavirus-map/ .
The governor of each of these States should have established medical crisis teams and assigned them to the customs area of each airport and harbor port where international passengers disembark. They all should be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined for at least 14 days if the result is positive. Custom agents also should wear protective clothing and masks since they handle the luggage, passport documents and are up close with these travelers.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State should be doing this is all 12 international airports and La Guardia airport as well but he's decided to "wait and see" how bad the contagion spreads throughout the State. He has however, instituted a quasi-quarantine for two weeks in New Rochelle, a city in Westchester County where his wealthy Wall Street maven friends live.
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/containment-area-planned-for-new-york-suburb-to-stem-coronavirus-spread-11583858117 .
COVID-19 is comparable to Influenza with regards to treatment, whether under supportive care at home or severe cases that require hospitalization in intensive care units. At this time, statistics show a higher mortality rate than Influenza due to many of the patients are elderly, have compromised immune systems or risky health habits such as smoking, recreational drug usage, etc.
COVID-19 will become an epidemic on a national scale like influenza and spread into the interior of the country if Washington, DC does not aggressively work with the governors to screen international travelers and quarantine them if necessary.