Spread of Coronavirus in U.S. Is 'Inevitable,' Health Officials Warn

Health officials on Tuesday warned that the spread of the coronavirus within the United States is now “inevitable,” and they urged Americans to prepare for the illnesses.

“Ultimately we expect we will see community spread in the United States. It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a briefing for reporters.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies also met with senators behind closed doors.


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