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There Could Be a SECOND Possible Case Of Chinese Coronavirus in the US | Officials Advise Precautionary Measures

There Could Be a SECOND Possible Case Of Chinese Coronavirus in the US | Officials Advise Precautionary Measures

The officials have set up screenings at airports across the country and have also advised travelers to look for signs of the deadly virus.

The world is at high-risk alert due to the detection of the coronavirus. After originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has spread to other parts of the world claiming the lives of many. Recently, the first case of the mystery virus has been confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US as well.

According to CNN, a man in his 30s was detected with the deadly virus on 21 January 2020 in Washington state. The unnamed patient, who recently returned from Wuhan is currently under observation. The man is arrived from China at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 15 January 2020. Since the health screening at the airports began much later, he was left undetected until he sought medical help on 19 January 2020. The officials announced that the man may have come in contact with at least 16 people before being placed in isolation, according to CBS News. They hope to contact get in touch with these people as soon as possible. However, the officials assured that the "risk to the public is low."

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Travelers wearing face mask wait in line at the departure hall of West Kowloon Station on January 23, 2020, in Hong Kong, China

Meanwhile, authorities in Texas are suspecting a second case of the virus in the country. According to Science Alert, Texas A&M University student between the age of 20 and 30 is being observed. "The person presented to an area emergency department yesterday mostly out of concern, not out of symptoms," said local health official, Eric Wilke. The officials are awaiting the blood sample results for further information.



 

Taking the rapid spread of the virus into consideration, CDC has deployed health officials at the airports to carry out screening tests with questionnaires and temperature checks among passengers who have taken direct and indirect flights from Wuhan. All air traffic from Wuhan is currently being re-routed through 5 airports.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport are the three airports that have started the screenings. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport are expected to start the same practice at the end of this week. However, airport screenings may not help in detecting every patient with the virus due to the incubation period that may take over a week.

Officials have also put out signboards warning all passengers to look for symptoms of the virus such as cough, sore throat and other respiratory troubles.

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Dr. Jay Cook of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett speaks during a press conference about the first confirmed U.S. case of coronavirus at the state Public Health Laboratories on January 21, 2020, in Shoreline, Washington

While the authorities are doing all they can to prevent the spread of this illness, the public can safeguard themselves in a couple of ways.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked the public to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness. The public should do "what you do every cold and flu season," said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state. According to WHO, common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

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A Japan Airlines worker (C) wears a face mask while working inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 23, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. LAX is currently screening incoming international passengers for the new Coronavirus

 

Americans traveling to China to visit family are asked to be extra careful. "Their risk is higher because they generally stay longer than tourists, eat local food in people's homes, and may not take the same precautions that tourists do," said CDC. They are advised to visit a local medical expert and take the necessary vaccinations and medication for the trip.



 

The latest reports say that the virus has already claimed the lives of around 26 people in China and has infected many. First reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019, the virus is linked with the family of viruses which include the deadly SARS, according to CNET. It appears to have originated from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. Experts hope the testing of animal samples from the market will provide more information.

References

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/22/health/coronavirus-us-precautions/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-are-investigating-second-suspected-case-of-chinese-virus-on-us-soil
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-virus-first-us-patient-had-close-contacts-before-he-was-placed-in-isolation/
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/coronavirus-death-toll-spikes-china-locks-down-cities-everything-we-know
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html