Atlanta Airport Is Flagged In First Coronavirus Reports In The U.S. This Week

Luckily the risk is low.
Coronavirus In The U.S. Leads To Atlanta Airport Taking Precaution

The Flu has been spreading across the U.S. like wildfire this season, but it now looks like we have something a little more serious on our hands. Coronavirus in the U.S. was reported for the first time this week and the Atlanta airport is among the places flagged. However, there is no need to worry because reports say Americans are not currently at serious risk.

Coronavirus is a potentially deadly type of virus, with a new strain recently spreading in China. So far, there have been 440 cases of this new strain (all of whom have been in China) and nine of those cases have been fatal.

Coronaviruses make up a range of illnesses including SARS and MERS, with symptoms that include headache, cough, fever and runny nose. The illness is transmitted from person-to-person, animal-to-animal and in some cases, animal-to-person. This outbreak spread to other countries in Asia including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Unfortunately, the virus has made its way to the U.S., flagging five airports including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

According to the Associated Press, the first U.S. case was reported on Tuesday (January 14) in Washington State. A resident of the Seattle area, who is originally from China and had just taken a solo trip there, arrived at the airport Wednesday (January 15) showing no signs of illness. 

However, he was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday (January 16) after falling ill with a fever and cough. The CDC is taking the situation very seriously, with a team of officials in Washington tracking down anyone the man may have been in contact with. Fortunately, the man is now healthy.

Taking further precautions, airport officials are stepping up their radar to detect any signs of the illness in those traveling from China, especially Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.

Airports that are currently screening for symptoms include New York City's Kennedy airport, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta airports. In fact, anyone coming from Wuhan is required to fly into one of these hubs upon traveling to the United States.

Luckily, U.S. residents are in no position to panic. The AP report stresses that the overall risk of contracting the virus in the U.S. is low. Just to be extra safe, make sure to take precautions if you are traveling at the ATL airport, aka take your vitamins and wash your hands.

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