Federal health authorities said they now expect a wider spread of the new coronavirus in the U.S. and are preparing for a potential pandemic, though they still are unsure about how severe the health threat could be.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday the agency expects a sustained spread and called for businesses, schools and communities to brace themselves for potential outbreaks.
“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” said Dr. Messonnier. “It’s more of a question of when.”
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