A Chinese reporter said the Chinese regime had “contained” the coronavirus and asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar if the United States would amend its restrictions on China, but he denied that the disease had been contained.

“The virus is still spreading in China. There are still hundreds of case reports per day if that’s capturing all the information,” Azar contradicted her.

“We’re still seeing dozens more fatalities reported per day. … There is nothing at this point that would indicate a change in our posture toward our aggressive containment measures,” Azar said at a Feb. 25 press conference.

Additionally, reporter Olivia Zang, of the Chinese news channel Caixin, asked if, based on her claim that the disease had been contained in China, the United States would relax restrictions on her country and instead apply them to countries where new infections have appeared.

Azar also responded that the bans will continue as they are, and clarified that the coronavirus has nothing to do with any particular ethnicity.

Azar shared with the nation that currently the virus is contained here but the spread in other countries could transfer to the United States. 

The coronavirus is basically a respiratory disease and according to recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is possible to help prevent its spread by following some simple practices. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched frequently, using a spray or common household cleaning wipe.

The disease has already caused about 2,800 deaths and about 80,000 infected patients, of these 427 are in 37 countries the rest in China.

Azar also warned about the possibility of changes to people’s day-to-day routines like when the government cancelled school briefly in 2009 for the Swine Flu epidemic.