The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency.
As the number of confirmed cases rise to nearly 8,000 worldwide, health officials are recognizing the dangers of it spreading. “The main reason is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
We’re monitoring 6 confirmed cases here in America. With the virus continuing to spread, officials want to be sure to have the world on alert. Coronavirus originated in Wuhan China and has been confirmed in several other territories.
“Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it,” Ghebreyesus added.
As of Thursday (Jan. 30), the virus has been confirmed in 7,834 patients and has resulted in 170 deaths. It was first reported after origination at a animal and seafood market in Wuhan, China. In just the last 24 hours, 1,747 new cases have been confirmed. There are 98 confirmed cases outside of Wuhan, including 6 here in the United States.
As Ghebreyesus pleads, its important that we do all that we can to prevent the spread of this virus. We should work together to help each other during this time and remember those countries with weaker health systems.