US states are bracing for an “unprecedented” norovirus pandemic as the country is bracing itself for a “potential” pandemic that could hit London, US officials warned on Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans about the potential for a Noroviruses new strain of the coronavirus that has hit London this month, with people advised to stay indoors and limit their outdoor activities and contact with each other.
“It’s not a very good thing to have a virus like this out in the open,” said Dr Jonathan Schanzer, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEID).
“It would be a real shock to a lot of people if they had a virus that had not been in the air for a while, and that’s what we’re worried about.”
The CDC has warned that the virus has a 10-fold increase in the number of cases in a week, with a higher incidence in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco.
“We’re seeing an exponential rise in cases,” Dr Schaner said.
“We’ve seen a lot more people in hospitals who have been exposed to this virus.”
“The CDC believes that this virus is likely to make a return to the UK in the coming weeks, and the UK has a lot to lose,” Dr Jonathan Cottam, chief medical officer at the NHS England said in a statement.
“With a lot at stake, the NHS will work closely with the Government to develop a response plan that includes the provision of a vaccine, and ensuring that all NHS services are fully staffed to minimise the impact of the outbreak.”
Norovirus can be spread through the air and can cause respiratory illness in people who have not yet had symptoms.
“People with severe respiratory symptoms should remain indoors, avoid close contact with family, friends and co-workers, and avoid contact with children,” Dr Cottams statement said.
The UK has seen a surge in the numbers of Norovibers this year, with the virus making a comeback in the US.
“What is particularly worrying is that this strain of Norvibers is still circulating in the UK and is causing a resurgence of this virus,” Dr John Stokes, a virologist at Imperial College London, said in the statement.
“Norovibergens have a history of causing illness, but we don’t yet know whether or not it has caused widespread pandemic illness in the British population.”
This could pose a serious public health threat in the United Kingdom.
“The virus is currently spreading across the US, with cases in some states reported to the CDC, with New York City reported to have seen up to 100 new cases each day.US President Donald Trump is also urging people to remain indoors to protect against the spread of the virus.”
Protect your family and friends,” Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday.
However, the number in the country has been reported to be at a lower level than usual, with only 1,890 cases reported in the state since Friday.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged people to be cautious and keep their homes shut, saying the outbreak could spread rapidly.””
The US and UK are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged people to be cautious and keep their homes shut, saying the outbreak could spread rapidly.
“The situation in the U.K. is absolutely serious, we’ve had more cases than ever before,” she said on Monday, adding that it was vital to keep residents in their homes to protect themselves from the virus spreading.
“If we can keep the number at a low level for now, then we can protect our communities and our NHS.”
The British government has also asked the public to avoid any “disturbing” scenes of people being seen with their pets in the streets.
“You should not see any pets in public, no more than three per household, and you should not leave pets unattended,” a statement on the UK’s Ministry of Defence said.
The UK government has announced it will deploy more staff to protect public spaces including the Whitehall and Westminster buildings, while also encouraging people to keep pets indoors and not allow pets into buildings.
In a separate announcement, the UK government is also ordering businesses to stop allowing children under 14 to go into their workplaces.
“No child under 14 is permitted into work unless their parent or guardian has given permission,” the statement said, adding: “Parents must also be notified in advance of child-care visits, including when children are allowed in or not.”
“This policy has been agreed between the Government and the British National Health Service, but is now being enforced by businesses and individuals.”
A number of UK businesses are expected to close for the week, including Waitrose and Waitrose supermarkets, which have