As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout China and is now affecting global travel. We wanted to update you with the most current information.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Three cities in China are under quarantine: Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou.
- Hong Kong has limited travel from mainland China, suspending high-speed rail service and cutting flights by half.
- Many airlines are canceling flights and issuing refunds.
- The CDC increased its travel warning to a Level 3 Wednesday — its highest alert level — urging U.S. citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to China because of the outbreak.
- Both the CDC and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are implementing enhanced health screenings to detect travelers with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when they enter the United States.
- Details of the expanded surveillance are still being formulated. The CDC already has quarantine facilities in place at 20 ports of entry, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Anchorage, Honolulu, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, and Houston.
The Coronavirus is similar to influenza A and B. In other words, this is like the flu bug that has hit over 475,000 Americans since September. The biggest difference is that this virus is young and has not yet mutated. While there are only five reported cases in the United States of the Coronavirus to date, fear of further spreading is real. This is the same type of bug like the flu and requires the same precautions: vigilant hand washing and avoiding proximity to individuals who are clearly ill. Avoid touching your face with your hands as that is how the germs are spread.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is providing information on the virus as well as a traveler section that provides up-to-date information. On the CDC’s site there is a section for travelers that has important information that is being updated hourly, so please use it as a reference.
Click here to view the Coronavirus page of The Center for Disease Control's website
We will continue to update you as we receive new information.