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NYC dot org and thanks so much this is news out coming to you live from London with me Pascal asa to the United States now where the first case of the corona virus was confirmed last nights in northern California that's despite president trump's reassurances that the danger of the coronavirus reaching U. S. shores was under control the president said he attributed what he called the success in dealing with the virus two good early decisions to contain it we've stopped non US citizens from coming into America from China that was done very early on with screening people we have been at a very high level screening people coming into the country from infected areas we have in quarantine those infected and those at risk we have a lot of great quarantine facilities the vaccine is coming along well and speaking to the doctors we think this is something that we can develop fairly rapidly a vaccine for the future but we're very very ready for this for anything whether it's going to be a breakout of larger proportions or whether or not where you know we're at that very low level and we want to keep it that way the US presidents Caitlyn rivers is assistant professor of epidemiology epidemiology at Johns Hopkins center for health security and she joins us on the line now thank you very much a professor for joining us can you tell us is the U. S. very well prepared for an outbreak yes we heard from president trump and from leaders at CDC that the federal government is really leaning into preparedness which is great but I think there's a lot more that can be done at the state and local levels so I think working at such as making sure that our healthcare systems are prepared to receive patients and that our healthcare workers are protected from infection also that we have plans for non pharmaceutical interventions which means things like asking people to stay home if they're sick or if they have been exposed to people who are sick maybe closing schools or businesses that's an option but I don't know about that it's a likely option but that's the kind of thinking that should be done now and is the technology in most states to be able to detect the detection usually happens at the hospital and clinic levels and there has been a lot of effort to educate health care providers to be on the lookout for the virus I think one area that we will be focused on in the near future is expanding our diagnostic capacity to make sure testing is available if there are suspected cases and what about the issue of health insurance what about people who don't have coverage and suspects that they might might have the virus what will they do I think that is an area of problem solving that the administration is probably focused on right now there has been a lot of programs in recent years you reach uninsured people and get them access to care but there is it's not clear how the virus will will intersect with our health care insurance he took us through a scenario where you eat what what.