CDC, Military Issue Pandemic Plans, ‘Coronavirus to take foothold’
Both the US military and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are both now preparing for a major pandemic, according to a series of statements made this week.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says her organization continues “to be flexible to meet public health challenges that the virus presents.”
Coronavirus, now known officially by COVID19, continues to spread globally.
“At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or other countries,” she confirmed.
Messonnier also says they are in constant contact with N95 mask producers, something we noted a shortage of last week (here).
The U.S. Northern Command, acting under executive order issued by the Joint Staff and approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, are initiating a series of pandemic plans.On Tuesday, Navy and Marine Corps messages referenced the executive order which prompts them to implement the Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13.
“We coordinate with other combatant commands to assess potential impacts in the event of a pandemic and we ensure the U.S. military is poised to respond as required,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hatfield said in a statement. “The military profession fosters a culture of planning, and the fact that we are coordinating planning efforts across the geographical combatant commands is consistent with how we prepare to respond, if directed.”
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Commanders will now review all “containment plans” and take necessary “preparatory and precautionary actions.”
By “containment plans,” the military is now looking into “response, isolation, quarantine, restriction of movement and community-based intervention.”
Read our mass coronavirus quarantine guide regarding what could happen if the military takes such measures domestically. Also, refer to our SHTF plan guide to make sure you have the pandemic supplies you need to survive.
The coronavirus death toll just breached 1,100 people and has sickened at least 45,000. Health officials aboard the luxurious Diamond Princess cruise ship say that cases are growing daily as passengers remain quarantined on the boat.
Author: Jim Satney
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