10 things you need to know today: February 26, 2020

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1. CDC: 'Disruption' from coronavirus outbreak will reach U.S.

U.S. citizens should prepare for "disruption" from the coronavirus outbreak to spread to American cities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday. "It's not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. It is too soon to say how severe an outbreak in the U.S. will be, Messonnier said, so public health officials "are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad." The secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, offered a similarly sobering assessment of the threat of the virus, which still centered in China but has started spreading faster in some other countries. "This is an unprecedented, potentially severe health challenge globally," Azar said.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.