Concerns grow as officials expect dangerous disease to spread

At least two U.S. cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, with dozens more possible cases over 22 states.
2:20 | 01/26/20

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Next to the growing medical nightmare, the coronavirus outbreak. China's president warning of a, quote, grave situation. More than 50 million people are on a travel lockdown in Wuhan, the center of the outbreak. The streets there an eerie ghost officials here at home bracing for the worst. Op alert for signs of the virus. Two confirmed cases with dozens more possible investigated across 22 states. Here's Kaylee Hartung. Reporter: Tonight concern growing in the United States. Officials saying they expect more people will contract the dangerous new disease. Passengers on flights to Boston wearing face masks. Everybody's wearing the mask because they are afraid of getting infected by other people. Reporter: In Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, reports that stores are running out of masks. In Chicago, a woman in her 60s. She had cold-like symptoms, shortness of breath, fever, and many times it would present just like a cold, just a type of cold or flu. Reporter: And outside Seattle, a man in his 30s. At least 63 people are now being tested for the respiratory illness in 22 states, including three possible cases in new York. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Tonight hospitals on high alert. Dr. Jennifer Ashton visits new York's health and hospitals Bellevue. So, this is a negative pressure room here at the hospital where a patient with coronavirus would be cared for by specially trained medical personnel. They showed her precautions they would need to take. How prepared are you and your staff to receive a patient who may have coronavirus? We're prepared to take that patient now. Our radar is always set high, so we can screen these patients so we can stop it from infecting other people and the public. And we are in the middle of flu season. Officials testing dozens. And we understand there's a new development in Canada tonight? Reporter: That's right, Tom. The center for disease control is conducting those tests. The results take several days to process. Health officials say they will alert the public if any new cases are confirmed. We're just learning from medical authorities in Ontario, Canada, they're working the first presumptive case of coronavirus in that country. Tom?

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