CDC: Coronavirus will spread to US. How worried should we be?

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Travellers wearing masks arrive on a direct flight from China, after a spokesman from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a traveller from China had been the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. January 23, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder.

The CDC is warning Americans to prepare for the coronavirus. They say it’s not a question of “if,” but “when” the virus spreads to communities here. Officials say they don’t yet know whether it will be a mild or severe outbreak. There are 80,000 cases worldwide now, including in China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and Italy. In the U.S., there are 53 cases, though most of these people caught the disease while traveling. That’s all according to the World Health Organization. We check the facts and look at the global economic impact. 

Credits

Guests:
Clayton Dube - director of the USC U.S.- China Institute - @claydube, Lena Sun - health reporter for the Washington Post - @bylenasun

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin