Illinois Health Department Prepares For Potential Coronavirus Outbreak

Steve Miller
February 27, 2020 - 7:51 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health announced it is working with hospitals to prepare for coronavirus in the state but experts do not predict the outbreak to be as drastic as in China. 

The people of Wuhan, China, in Hubei Province, are on the mind of Dr. Emily Landon here in Chicago, the hospital epidemiologist at University of Chicago Hospitals, which has a partnership with a hospital in Wuhan.

"The unbelievable draconian measures that they have taken to lock off Hubei Province have really bought the rest of the world time," Landon said.

The people in Wuhan have been locked in their apartments for at least a month, which has allowed more room for adequate measures to be taken, she said. 

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"For whatever it's worth, and for all the shortcomings or glory or however you want to put it from a political standpoint, the people of Hubei Province have been locked in their apartments for a month," she said. "And that's a really big sacrifice."

The doctor was emotional talking about the quarantine in China, adding that it is hard to imagine being in that situation.

Landon believes we will see sick people here, but not on a scale of what we've seen in China. So far, Illinois has only seen two cases of coronavirus, both of which have been cured.