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  • CDC Media Advisory: CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 today 11:30 am

    From: " (CDC)" <sohco@CDC.GOV>
    Subject: Media Advisory: CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19
    Date: Feb 12, 2020 10:05 AM

    Media Advisory

    For Immediate Release
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Contact: CDC Media Relations
    (404) 639-3286

    CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19

    What The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide an update to media on the COVID-19 response.

    Who Nancy Messonnier, M.D., Director,
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

    When 11:30 am. ET Wednesday, February 12, 2020


    Media: 800-857-9756
    International: 1-212-287-1647
    PASSCODE: redacted

    Non-Media: 888-795-0855

    International: 1-630-395-0498
    PASSCODE: redacted

    Important Instructions
    Due to anticipated high volume, please plan to dial in to the telebriefing 15 minutes before the start time.

    Media: If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

    A transcript will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web

  • #2

    teleconference notes:

    Condolences to family of American who died in China. Also condolences to all of China.

    New case - Wuhan returnee. Mild case. (FluTrackers already has reported this case on the site.)

    Total number is 13.

    Mishap in letting this patient out of hospital. Have made procedural changes to prevent testing mishaps again. I think this patient is back in quarantine?

    CDC has screened 30k people from China.

    Those who pass screening continue on to final destination. Asking them to restrict their movement for 14 days.

    Should be prepared for this virus to gain a foothold in US

    At point we will see community spread in US.

    Developing guidances for practitioners.

    PPE supplies being organized for future need.

    Something about masks....loosing connection off and on....

    CDC working in close collaboration with Japan.

    Transmission breaking up. Missed some data.

    Redialed - Back in....

    Question and answer period....

    Incubation period? 24 days? Have seen the paper. Rush on publishing data due to emerging situation. Also looking at other data. Abundance of data says 14 days as end of incubation period.

    Cases out of China reported lower...what about that? Optimistic that this is a good sign. Don't have any supportive data. Hopefully WHO delegation can provide an insight.

    Hope every US state has a test kit this week.

    Criteria for testing in US...some symptoms + travel history...and/or a contact of confirmed cases....basic far not seeing widespread community spread in US.

    Any US CDC employees part of WHO delegation in China? 3 WHO staff advance team are there. CDC is ready to help. Have not been invited yet.

    All clinical specimens being sent to CDC as states get organized. Will still do this after all states are up and running.

    Americans on board cruise ship docked in Japan. For sure some are diagnosed. Working with Japan. Want to protect Americans health. Coordinating with US Embassy.

    Will warmer weather lower transmission? This is true for flu. New disease - don't know.

    Info from China? Getting data? Lot more data coming out in recent weeks as compared to beginning. Want to touch the data themselves - directly. Would like to have someone on the ground there to be able to directly access the core data. Also CDC could offer a broader view of core data. No direct access to data.


    • #3
      There is some question about the test kits. Unfortunately I missed part of this conference. Here is the link to the audio file: