According to doctors and data based models, one of the next hotspots or epicenters for Wuhan coronavirus in the United States is going to be Louisiana.
THREAD: We'll update charts daily for Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, and Michigan as epidemic becomes national in scope; new epicenters of spread emerge. Florida faces significant challenges with growing spread from seeds likely introduced weeks if not months ago and slow reaction pic.twitter.com/NZRqwGylFF— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) March 30, 2020
#BREAKING:— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) March 29, 2020
Governor @GregAbbott_TX issues executive order banning people from traveling into Texas from Louisiana.
State troopers will stop motorists.
Commercial activity, emergency response or critical infrastructure responsibilities is okay.
This news has prompted Amneal Pharmaceutical, a company headquartered in New Jersey, to donate 400,000 pills of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. The drug was recently approved by the FDA to treat Wuhan coronavirus patients.
"On behalf of Louisiana, I want to thank Amneal for this generous donation. It is important we all work together to help solve the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. We must come together as Louisianans and as Americans," Louisiana Attorney General Landry said Monday. "This donation from Amneal demonstrates their strong effort to be a good corporate citizen in our Nation."
"I wish to remind everyone of the importance of social distancing guidelines issued by the President and state officials. Amneal's donation is one step toward trying to find treatments and cures for this epidemic. Right now, there are no silver bullets. We must remain vigilant against the spread of this virus," he continued.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine will be launching a number of clinical trials on the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Wuhan coronavirus. The drug has been used successfully by doctors in a number of states to ease symptoms of the disease.