March 08, 2020
What you need to know about the coronavirus
What You Need To Know | President Trump Has Taken Decisive Action to Protect the American People From the Coronavirus
President Trump’s efforts are helping to stem the spread of the virus to the U.S., support state and local health officials, equip the medical community with vital resources, and expedite the development of a vaccine and treatments.
President Trump responded early and decisively to the coronavirus, and continues to lead an aggressive response that puts the health and safety of the American people first.
· Because of the decisive early action taken by President Trump, the risk of infection for Americans remains low and precious time has been gained to continue to prepare.
· The President acted in January to restrict travel coming from China and stem the spread of the virus to the U.S.
· President Trump declared a public health emergency in January, opening up reserved funding to support response efforts to the virus.
· As the President has said, he wants to work with Congress to ensure we have all the funding necessary for the Administration’s aggressive response.
President Trump has taken critical steps to prevent travelers from spreading the coronavirus to the United States.
· The President suspended entry into the U.S. of certain foreign nationals who have recently traveled to China and pose a risk of transmitting the disease here at home.
· President Trump put in place a quarantine for citizens returning to the U.S. who have traveled to Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak.
· The President suspended entry of foreign nationals traveling from Iran, which has experienced a widespread outbreak of the virus.
· Airport screenings have been expanded to identify anyone showing symptoms.
· The Administration has put in place heightened travel advisories, warning Americans against traveling to regions of Italy and South Korea.
· We are working closely with Italy and South Korea to put in place enhanced screenings for travelers coming to the United States.
- As a result of these efforts, there will be 100% screening for all direct flights coming from Italy and South Korea.
President Trump is making sure our state and local health officials have the support they need to respond to any coronavirus development.
· The Trump Administration is in regular communication with state and local officials to make sure every community is prepared for any future coronavirus development.
- This week, the Vice President participated in a discussion with over 50 governors on efforts to respond to and prepare for the coronavirus.
- On February 24th, the White House met with over 40 state, county, and city health officials on coronavirus response.
- The Coronavirus Task Force provided an update at the National Governors Association’s Winter Meeting about the U.S. response to the coronavirus.
· Agencies across the government are prepared to assist state and local governments with response to the virus.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has mobilized state health departments to receive returned travelers who pose a threat of transmitting the virus.
- 62 Public Health Emergency Preparedness programs are working across the country on quarantine, isolation, case finding, protecting health care workers, and assuring medical supply chains.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is readying over 50 teams to respond and support states and territories that may need assistance.
At President Trump’s direction, the Administration is taking steps to ensure our medical community has the resources and protection they need.
· The United States has the best medical system in the world, and we are working to ensure they have the resources to do what they do best.
- The U.S. is ranked as the most prepared country in the world to respond to a pandemic.
· More than 30 million masks have been stockpiled and a request for funds to purchase additional resources has been provided to Congress.
· The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC are granting emergency use authorization to increase access to respirators.
- This action will allow healthcare personnel to use certain industrial respirators during the outbreak to protect themselves while providing care.
· The FDA has rapidly expanded testing capability for the virus and will soon have the capacity to perform close to a million tests.
· The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code for health care providers and labs to test patients for the virus.
- As a result, we will be able to better track the public health response for the coronavirus and help protect people from the spread.
The Trump Administration is working around the clock to expedite the development of a coronavirus vaccine and therapeutics to treat the virus.
· The President recently met with pharmaceutical executives to discuss how the federal government can help accelerate vaccine development.
· The U.S. is working to expedite the development of a vaccine and therapeutics and that can be used to protect from infection and to treat patients already infected.
- Therapeutics can be developed within months and provide effective treatment while a vaccine is being developed.
· The Administration is consulting experts and expanding research to better understand the transmission of coronavirus.
- In partnership with the private sector, the Department of Energy identified a potential drug target in a newly mapped protein of the virus that causes the coronavirus.