Many such cases are being sent to makeshift isolation wards in requisitioned hotels or clinics to keep them apart from family members while they wait to be screened. Even those who test positive can wait days more for a hospital bed, increasing the risk of infection for others.
U.S. Readies for Coronavirus Pandemic Some Experts Now See as Likely
Total containment isn’t in the cards, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Given the nature of this virus and how it’s spreading, that would be impossible. Our goal is to slow this thing down.”
Production halts at China factories lead to worldwide shortages in components as coronavirus outbreak spreads
General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota Motor are among companies that have closed China plants at least through February 9, taking heed from several provinces that advised companies not to resume operations any sooner than an extended holiday break.
Tesla is among companies saying they’re monitoring potential supply-chain interruptions for cars built outside China as well.
The outbreak may reduce vehicle output by more than 1.7 million cars because of plant closings, according to IHS Markit.
EU and US carmakers warn ‘weeks away’ from China parts shortage