Fears over COVID-19 coronavirus continued to grow on Thursday as more new cases were reported outside of China than within.
The suspected community transmission of the disease in Northern California was another first.
In early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 800 points as investors worried tthe epidemic could hurt manufacturing supply chains and lower consumer demand.
President Donald Trump's selection of Vice President Mike Pence as coronavirus failed to reassure Americans as "Pencedemic" -- a Portmanteau of "Pence" and "epidemic" -- trended nationwide on Twitter.
Here's some of what people were saying:
Pence: “Ivanka is working on a coronavirus cure as we speak” #Pencedemic https://t.co/so7TDiFFa1— Gigohead (@Gigohead) 1582804976.0
Donald Trump: "A #Pencedemic is not inevitable." Health experts: "BULLSHIT!" Donald Trump: "We'll have a vaccine v… https://t.co/80c5EHcl2f— The Tweetwit (@The Tweetwit) 1582799892.0
The very first thing Mike Pence said after publicly being appointed coronavirus czar was to compliment Trump's unpr… https://t.co/eLVMkBxvXI— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1582810109.0
#Pencedemic means laying on hands on Trump has been cancelled at the White House until further notice. Paula White… https://t.co/nQ9YaE6MkT— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet) 1582810705.0
TRUMP HOLDS IMPORTANT MEETING WITH ADVISORS ON HOW CORONAVIRUS IS TRANSMITTED #Pencedemic #COVID19 #coronavirususa https://t.co/d3FdZcHakQ— Peter Merlin Cane (@Peter Merlin Cane) 1582807603.0
What could go wrong with having Mike Pence, a man who wants to impose Christian sharia law in America, as head of t… https://t.co/5cZMOZcC7X— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1582810129.0
Putting Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus response is like staring at a solar eclipse, thinking windmills cau… https://t.co/Srm7eINZdt— Andrea Junker ® (@Andrea Junker ®) 1582808923.0
The Pences are fighting the Coronavirus by wearing Hazmat suits designed to look like rich, bigoted, doughy white p… https://t.co/DOdUe6JEnG— Paul Rudnick (@Paul Rudnick) 1582810381.0
Now I may be crazy, but how does appointing a man who LITERALLY DOESN’T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE to lead the #coronavirus… https://t.co/OjhIxMTxT8— Seth Bazemore (@Seth Bazemore) 1582799234.0
#ThursdayThoughts 📌Would you trust Trump to tell the truth and guide you and your family through a potential life-… https://t.co/xQ9oK1dM8u— D. Earl Stephens (@D. Earl Stephens) 1582814629.0
#Pencedemic Donald Trump has a tweet for everything. https://t.co/o7gkW0zcH5— The Tweetwit (@The Tweetwit) 1582799028.0
Don’t get distracted. Trump is still in bed with Putin, Saudi Crown Prince and many other corrupt leaders and dicta… https://t.co/g8j5limqOb— Ace “The Middleman” Chan (@Ace “The Middleman” Chan) 1582814848.0
He flexed his far-right zeal by defunding health care providers like @PPFA, failing to resolve the problem. And w… https://t.co/YDDcSzfX1q— Human Rights Campaign (@Human Rights Campaign) 1582817737.0