(Right Country) – The coronavirus epidemic has quickly turned into chaos. With China being the epicenter of the outbreak, there has been no way of knowing what is really going on and how severe the outbreak actually is. China has been anything but transparent and with cases popping up all over the world, including more than a dozen cases right here in the US, it’s becoming more and more vital to get to the bottom of what’s really going on.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the potentially deadly virus can be spread by people who are asymptomatic or showing minimal signs of infection.
The Epoch Times reports:
Dr. Robert Redfield, the director, said that asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is possible. Several Chinese medical officials have said the virus, which is believed to have sickened tens of thousands, made similar comments over the past several weeks as the virus spreads.
“There’s been good communication with our colleagues to confirm asymptomatic infection, to confirm asymptomatic transmission, to be able to get a better handle on the clinical spectrum of illness in China. What we don’t know though is how much of the asymptomatic cases are driving transmission,” he told CNN in an interview.
Redfield said that some confirmed COVID-19 patients had “a little sore throat” and nothing more, highlighting how difficult it is to detect the virus.
“What I’ve learned in the last two weeks is that the spectrum of this illness is much broader than was originally presented. There’s much more asymptomatic illness,” he told the news outlet.
In the same interview, the top CDC official said U.S. experts have still not been allowed in China to help with the virus outbreak despite numerous offers. Redfield said that as a result, there is still much that American officials aren’t aware of.
“There’s a lot of information we don’t know—that’s why I offered to provide assistance, direct assistance, and send our CDC folks over there back on Jan. 6 to really help them gather that information and also to help us see the information first hand that we need to help make the right public health recommendations for our nation,” Redfield said.
The fact that China refuses to allow CDC officials to come in and assess the situation and assist is really all that we need to know. China is putting their own self-interest literally ahead of the healthy safety of the rest of the world. It’s insane that Chinese authorities will not let the CDC in. What CDC officials could learn from observing ground zero has the potential to save lives here and around the world.
White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow shares similar sentiment about being blocked from entering China.
“We’re disappointed that we haven’t been invited in,” Kudlow told reporters at the White House, “We’re a little bit disappointed about the lack of transparency.”
According to The Epoch Times, there are 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States which include eight in California, two in Illinois, one in Texas, one in Massachusetts, one in Wisconsin, one in Arizona, and one in Washington state.
Luckily, our healthcare system is much better than China’s but nonetheless this is a threat we have to take seriously.