Second Coronavirus Death In US Announced As Crisis Deepens | TODAYMar 03, 2020
okay yeah and by the way he got a flu shot just for those wondering and we want to go straight to this news flash it's the corona virus outbreak this morning overnight a
announcedin the United States. a Washington state man in the same hospital where the first victim died, while New York City now has its first confirmed case as well this morning, the CDC is poised to expand testing that would allow hundreds of labs to test for the virus corona and identifying potential patients, which could mean numbers really skyrocket as Americans bracing for the worst major drug shift in supermarkets struggle to keep items like hand sanitizer and bottled water on shelves.
We are covering all angles of this story and there are many developments to start. tomorrow with NBC National Correspondent Miguel Almaguer Miguel good morning to you Savannah good morning as we begin to approach a hundred cases of
coronavirusin the United States 13 of those cases are here in Washington state alone, including the two
deaths you mentioned in In recent weeks, officials say that the corona virus strain may have gone undetected in this state for weeks and now they are trying to contain the outbreak as well. Overnight in Washington state a
secondcorona virus-related death the victim a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions in the Seattle area The announcement comes just one day after the first US
coronavirusdeath. in the same state a man in his 50s also with underlying health conditions this is researchers say a genetically similar strain of the virus may have spread in Washington state undetected for nearly six weeks the victim of some The 70-year-old was a resident at this nursing home near Seattle where officials are now investigating a possible outbreak after six people here tested positive for the virus now more than 50 residents and staff are experiencing symptoms and awaiting testing there is a staff f member who lives here much concern of course in texas new fears of possible public exposure after a The patient was actually quarantined for several weeks, but overnight a lab test came back positive for the virus despite two previous negative results that person is now back in quarantine with several schools closed
todayafter concerns that the infected employees or students have been inside until now, at least for us, coronavirus cases have been contracted through community spread, meaning none of the patients have traveled to a highly infected country or known to have been in contact Direct contact with someone who has the virus The first woman at this Sacramento hospital is believed to have infected at least two healthcare workers who came in contact with her Now the coronavirus is in at least 13 states, including a new case in New York confirmed overnight to a woman in her 30s who lives in Manhattan and recently traveled to an infected area the president seeks to assuage fears in a rare Saturday press conference the country is prepared for any circumstance but as the virus spreads from coast to coast the next challenge may be containing an outbreak in the last few days in the grocery stores and in box stores across the country. supplies many retailers are reporting everything from hand sanitizer to masks where they may be available officials say later this afternoon here in Washington state that they expect to hold a press conference to update the latest information as in California more of those quarantined people who were evacuated from abroad will launch from Travis Air Force Base Savannah ok we are going to Washington state to guide us thank you very much the spread of the corona virus is also having a huge impact on some of The world's most iconic sights this morning, the Louvre museum is closed for the second day in a row and officials in Italy have reported a 50% increase in cases there, the NBC chief said. f global correspondent bill neely is on the bill for law enforcement good morning good morning craig well the mood matches the weather here pretty bleak more deaths in italy churches still closed in france and germany a dramatic increase in cases and for the first time the number of cases worldwide exceeds 3000 it is currently the most contagious virus in the world and has closed the most visited museum in the world at the Louvre in Paris long lines but no entry staff fear of the tourists worried the virus has gone viral cases have skyrocketed in france the health minister advises people not to kiss or shake hands when meeting as president macron did days ago with the leader of italy in italy and Germany infection rate almost doubled in one day Italy now reports almost 1600 cases and 34 deaths World Health Organization advises anyone over 60 or with problems underlying conditions that number in the hundreds of millions around the world to avoid crowded areas day by day we see that we know from the opportunity to lock down in South Korea another great wave of infections urged the entire population to stay home the leader of a religious sect apologized
todaytwo thirds of the country's cases are linked to his group the capitals mert accused him of murder the pope canceled the annual retreat today he coughed and sneezed praying in rome sunday the vatican says he has a cold not the virus in israel today voting in the country's elections with special polling stations for voters we are in quarantine the caribbean has its first infection an italian tourist in the dominican republic australia and thailand reporting their first deaths in china the lowest number of new cases in a month a bright spot in a bleak
crisisover 60 countries now fighting the virus so over 60 countries but remember that m Many of those countries have only one or two cases and most of them cases, in fact 80% are just mild infections, sometimes without any symptoms, so authorities globally say don't panic, but they're also say these are critical days in the fight against the spread of this virus guys our top global correspondent bill neely bound there in milan bill think and now we're joined by nbc medical contributor dr. joseph fair is a leading virologist, in fact he was on the front lines of containing the ebola outbreak in africa dr.
Fair good morning it's nice to have you with us so this notion that the CDC has now lowered the criteria so more people can get tested to see if they have the corona virus potentially that means we might see the numbers really they come up what the impact of that decision is actually that's presumably what we're going to see and I would almost say that's undoubtedly what we're going to see the more we test for this the more we can see overnight we've gone from two states to seven states that have active cases and are being tested by local public health labs and have yet to be confirmed by the CDC, here's the thing, although many of the symptoms sound like the common cold, they sound like the flu, do you? how can you determine if you have the corona virus? you should get tested you personally can't because of the same wards you just mentioned you know it will present as the common cold it will present as the common flu so what you do is go to your primary care doctor rule out those vaccines first nothing, get a flu shot because that way it helps us rule out the flu to begin with and then go to your doctor if you have a common cold they will test you to see if it is the common form of coronavirus cold because we are in the middle of cold and flu season and then you know it will level up if you're negative for that but you still have all the symptoms that would indicate you probably need to get tested for kovin 19 yes there are reports that this virus can be asymptomatic it's I mean, it's not showing any symptoms, which raises the specter that it's actually already here and people don't even know it or know they have it.
Do you think that is a fairly likely possibility? and you know, just like with your common cold, there's mild to moderate, in fact most cases are mild to moderate and 15 to 20 percent or where we're looking at the severe illness, the severe acute respiratory of those people a I ask for a friend who will live with a common cold. You go to work and move on. Is this the time you should, if you have a cold, go see your doctor and get the coronavirus rules? We absolutely recommend it every year. but this year it's more important than ever to do that really fast doc fear what else should we be doing that we're not doing to prevent this outbreak from getting worse it really depends on the individual and it's each of our responsibilities so increase to wash your hands use things like tissues to press elevator buttons hold on to handrails, etc. if you're flying and don't have the option of not riding clean that seat with a Clorox wipe or lice wipe etc. etc because when they clean a plane they are not disinfecting the planes those masks those masks work at all levels the masks work but they work for healthcare professionals because we are trained in what we call previous infection control and infection most people don't know how wearing a regular surgical mask and a surgical mask doesn't protect you from respiratory disease that's more to protect an open body of your patient who knows he's going to have surgery, okay? dr.
Farris, thank you, so we've seen a lot of you appreciate it. Anyone can watch here with more information on the impact of the outbreaks, including the nosedive on Wall Street. NBC's senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle is also with us this morning. I know that you spent much of the weekend talking. to the leaders in Business and Finance after the huge losses last week, the worst week since 2008, what are they saying now? How are you prepared to move forward this week? just on friday bill gates said this could be the once in a lifetime virus we feared let's hope it's not but until we know we need to operate as such and you're seeing businesses around the world limit travel, cancel travel, cancel meetings. events if you run a global business I spoke to a CTO with 30,000 employees who reminded me that we have five percent of our business in Japan Japan doesn't have school until the end of March, they already have a lot of employees working from home or they don't really work because now they have to take care of their kids so from a business perspective they're not thinking about what this is going to do to hurt their stock they have to focus on safety and think about markup Contrast from the White House, who's been saying for days that we've got this airtight, it's a hoax, the flu is worse, this is the first time you've seen a real difference, yeah. well, let's talk about that because the president has talked about a rate cut with the federal reserve cutting rates which, as we know and many other situations, can make mistakes and revive the economy is an appropriate measure in a situation like this.
I spoke to a head of investment banking who said it just doesn't make sense right now the president's priority might be that I have to get the market moving again because he has electoral pressures that he doesn't have when you cut rates the idea is that we lower the rates that we can get business sses to invest in people spending and borrowing that goes against what we are telling people to do with this virus I am a public health perspective canceled events and there are people to think about economics if you cancel a major event or move employees to work remotely you have insurance to cover you have budgets imagine if you are part of the gig economy if you are a taxi driver a waiter a dog walker a babysitter going to see someone a a serious impact and those are people who might as well not have a healthcare rule yeah a big ripple effect we're just starting to see it as n security, thanks to both of you, we are actually following you
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