What is coronavirus, and should Americans be worried? What to know about the outbreak in China

USA Today, January 31, 2020

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Should Americans be afraid of coronavirus?

The Washington man who contracted the virus flew indirectly from Wuhan to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, CDC said Tuesday. He arrived in Washington on Wednesday, passing through the airport before the CDC and Customs and Border Protection began enhanced health screenings at several airports to detect travelers sickened by coronavirus coming into the United States from Wuhan.

Those screenings began Friday at airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Screenings were also expected to begin in Chicago and Atlanta, and all flights from Wuhan were being redirected to these five airports, the CDC said Tuesday.

"With global travel, the spread of any infectious disease is literally a plane ride away," says Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.

Glatter, however, said perspective is important.

"It’s more likely that you would encounter the flu compared to the coronavirus," Glatter said. "It’s the flu and measles which pose a greater threat to the global community at this time."

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