“Given the severity of the coronavirus in China and its rapid spread across the region, as well as the mounting public fear, it’s imperative that this disease is contained,” Sen. Cruz said.
“The administration should take every precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States, including temporarily halting flights to and from China and implementing additional screening at all U.S. airports.”
The Wuhan coronavirus is a respiratory infection with symptoms that resemble those of the common cold or flu. “Wuhan” refers to the city of origination of the viral strand — Chinese officials link it to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province.
Some symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and shortness of breath.
To-date, there are now some 10,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, with the vast majority of them occurring in China. So far, China has reported 213 deaths with 40 occurring on Thursday.
About 140 cases have been confirmed outside of mainland China with six in the United States (one case in Washington state, one case in Arizona, two cases in Illinois, and two cases in California) and two in the United Kingdom.
The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over coronavirus. “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.
Officials reportedly believe it to be less severe than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) of 2003, but that it is more easily spread. The incubation period is thought to be 14 days. Human to human contact is considered the most common method of contraction.
There is “no specific treatment or anti-viral drug” available yet to treat the Wuhan coronavirus at this point.
Other countries, such as Singapore, have already begun denying travelers with Chinese passports out of precaution.
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