The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that a coronavirus outbreak could hit the U.S.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2020, the CDC make a statement that Americans need to begin preparing for the coronavirus to begin spreading in the U.S. NPR reports that health officials said disruptive measures may need to be taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said "It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when it will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness."

If you're wondering what you can do to prepare yourself for the impending coronavirus outbreak, here are some tips. NPR says that parents should make plans for their kids if schools and daycares have to close. It's also recommended to talk to employers about working from home. You should even look into getting medical care remotely if possible.

Dr. Messonnier stressed that the coronavirus threat in the U.S. remains low, but these precautions are necessary. According to NPR, 80% of the infections of the coronavirus are mild, and no more severe than the common cold. There have been 14 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 40 cases on the cruise ship that was docked in the U.S.

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