Tri-state airports not taking extra precautions for Coronavirus

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People walk under a screen warning about a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures’ potential for success is uncertain. The sign reads “Avoid contact with patients.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(WEHT)–As the virus continues to spread more airports are now screening passengers for symptoms. Two airports added to that list today Atlanta and Chicago feed Evansville Regional Airport.

We spoke with officials at Owensboro- Daviess County Both airports say they haven’t been told to take any extra precautions.

While the Evansville airport can get international travelers the Owensboro airport gets flights from Nashville. There is a possible case at Tennessee Tech which is a little over an hour from Nashville.

Despite rumors going around social media, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Indiana. So what exactly is this virus?

It originated in Wuhan, China. The virus mimics the common cold. But the c-d-c says there are criteria people need to meet before being categorized as a patient under investigation:

First a fever with symptoms of lower respiratory illness. Those are things like cough and difficulty breathing. But they also have to have a history of traveling to Wuhan City in the 14 days prior to showing symptoms. Or come in close contact with someone who is already a patient under investigation for the virus. Again, within the 14 days before showing symptoms.

The CDC says it is considering this a serious public health threat based on current information. But the CDC says the immediate health risk from coronavirus to the general American public is low.

In the last update we received close to 900 people were diagnosed. That’s in around a dozen countries. But less than 30 people have died from it.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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