In Wake of Coronavirus, CDC Issues Highest Travel Warning: ‘Avoid All Non-Essential Travel to China’

By Anna Breuer on 27 January 2020
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel warning on Monday to Level 3, the agency’s highest, telling travelers to  “avoid all nonessential travel to China“ due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Department of State issued two warnings, telling travelers “to reconsider” travel to China, a Level 3 or orange warning.  The State Department also issued a Level 4 or red warning, its highest, for Hubei, saying  “do not travel” to that province, whose capital is Wuhan.

The CDC warning cautions that those who must travel to China should avoid live animal markets, which is where in Wuhan the coronavirus is believed to have spread to humans, avoid contact with sick people there, and avoid all animals, be they dead or alive.

The Centers for Disease Control also advises that such travelers wash their hands “often” with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

The agency recommends that older travelers and those with underlying health issues check with their physicians as they may be at greater risk for more severe effects of the virus.

Travelers returning from China may be screened for any symptoms of the coronavirus.  Those with symptoms of illness such as a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, may be subject to additional screening.  In addition, it cautions travelers who were in China in the past two weeks and who experience those symptoms to seek medical attention immediately.

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