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Overview of U.S. Domestic Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Overview of U.S. Domestic Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – (2019-nCoV) February 10, 2020 R46219 – “This report discusses selected actions taken by the federal government to quell the introduction and spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States. 2019-nCoV is causing the third serious outbreak of novel coronavirus in modern times, following severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012. The global health community is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV because of the severity of symptoms (including death) among those infected, and the speed of its spread worldwide. At this time, U.S health officials say the immediate health risk from the new virus to the general American public is low. However, federal agencies have ongoing activities to control and prepare for the spread of 2019-nCoV. Domestic response activities of federal agencies in collaboration with state and local governments include, among others: (1) investigation of 2019-nCoV cases and infection control measures in the community; (2) travel restrictions and/or quarantine requirements on certain travelers who have recently visited China; (3) medical countermeasure development; and (4) health system preparedness…”

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