According to ABC, the Centers For Disease Control is warning Americans that we should be prepared for the virus' spread to communities in the United States.  Additionally, they say that we should be prepared for a "significant disruption" to our lives.

Until now, officials had hoped to prevent it from spreading in the United States, but following the recent outbreaks in countries like Italy and Iran, it does not appear that every case will be stopped at the border.

While several people across New England have been tested for the virus, it is important to note that there have been NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine or New Hampshire.  There has, however, been at least one confirmed case in Massachusetts.

CDC officials suggest channeling concerns into preparing for the virus.  They say people should step up their preventive measures like hand washing and staying at home when they are sick.  Additionally, they suggest businesses and local governments prepare for potential outbreaks.  This could include implementing tele-schooling and delaying elective surgeries.

In addition to health concerns, it is important to note that certain products grown or manufactured outside the United States may be in short supply or impossible to get.

Fortunately, while 57 people in the US have tested positive for COVID-19 (43 that came back into the country on planes or cruise ships, and 14 that tested positive in the US), there have been no reports of spread within communities.

According to the Maine DHHS website, while there have been cases of person-to-person contraction of COVID-19, the virus is not currently spreading within communities in the United States.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and/or cough and difficulty breathing. Sore throat is also reported in some patients.  However, if you have not traveled to China or come into contact with people known to have contracted the virus, it is likely you have the flu.

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