The First Case of COVID-19 Has Been Confirmed in California

MPX vaccinations, treatment dramatically slow spread of virus in California

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues in the United States, the first case has been confirmed in the state of California, and the state is preparing for the possibility of an unknown asymptomatic carrier of the disease being identified in the future, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of April 12, California has 1,619 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, while 2,056 people have recovered and the number of cases remains at 14.4 percent.

“The novel coronavirus has spread around the world and it is a global problem,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Surgeon General of the United States. “But as we learn more about this virus, we know we have a few things we can do to stop it in the United States.”

One measure they have been focusing on is the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubeola) vaccinations, which were made available during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. In March alone, they are estimated to have prevented over 500 deaths according to the CDC.

“A total of 842 people are believed to have been infected by the novel coronavirus in the United States but only two people have died, so far,” said Dr. David Alpert, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The rest are either recovering or about to be discharged from hospitals.”

As of April 13, the number of cases has grown to 8,716 with 10,843 recovered. This is up from the initial estimate of 2,988 cases, with 2,919 recovered, made on March 13.

The state of California is also reporting it has seen an increase in the number of asymptomatic cases.

The state’s Health Departments have issued guidelines to health care providers that make their case definitions more stringent to include not only people showing symptoms but also asymptomatic carriers who are shedding the virus.

The guidelines also extend the testing

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