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United States Could Soon Become The Coronavirus Epicenter With Cases Rapidly Increases

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By Clark Sparky

With the number of cases of the coronavirus in the United States exploding over the past week to over 50,000, the World Health Organization says it could soon become the epicenter of the outbreak.

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WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, "We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential. We cannot say that is the case yet but it does have that potential."

There are currently 55,129 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 787 deaths.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted at a press conference on Monday how rapidly the number of cases is expanding the the U.S.

"It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the third 100,000," he said.

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The WHO has a press briefing on Wednesday in which it urged world leaders to continue to stay vigilant and not reopen anytime soon.

"Our message to all countries is clear: heed this warning now, back this plan politically & financially today & we can save lives & slow the spread of the #COVID19 pandemic," they said on Twitter.

"History will judge us on how we responded to the poorest communities in their darkest hour. Let’s act together, right now!" the message concluded.

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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