CDC tells Georgia to prepare for pandemic “This could be really bad”

ATLANTA, GA — It’s only a matter of time before the new coronavirus spreads to communities across the United States, including Georgia, a top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official warned Tuesday.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, told reporters in a conference call the question is no longer if the coronavirus, now officially called COVID-19, will spread across the United States but when that will happen.

Communities, schools and businesses in Georgia and elsewhere should begin preparing now for “the expectation that this could be bad,” Messonnier said.

I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” she said. “You should think about what you would do for child care if schools or day cares closed.”

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