WHO: Still time to stop US from becoming epicenter of coronavirus crisis

WHO: Still time to stop US from becoming epicenter of coronavirus crisis
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The U.S. still has time to take efforts to stop from becoming the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization. 

"The potential is there, but you've still got time to turn it around," Margaret Harris told CNN Wednesday. 

Harris previously said the U.S. could become the epicenter of the outbreak. 

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Despite the number of cases and deaths increasing across the country, Harris said the U.S. can change its course, noting the country has the “best” health experts who can come up with innovative plans. 

"You've got the best public health brains in the world," Harris told CNN. "You've got people who can harness technology brilliantly. You've got people who can really think out of the box."

The formula for success, she added, includes testing people, finding and identifying infected people, and isolating people who are infected or have been exposed to infected people. 

"Finally, getting the people who are ill to treatment — and when you do that, really, really protect your health workers," she said.

The virus has rapidly spread across the U.S., with more than 61,000 cases confirmed and 849 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.