advertisement
advertisement

China coronavirus symptoms: Here’s what the CDC is checking for as the Wuhan outbreak spreads

The virus, which the CDC is calling 2019-nCoV, is causing pneumonia in China. The risk to Americans is low, but U.S. health officials aren’t taking any chances.

China coronavirus symptoms: Here’s what the CDC is checking for as the Wuhan outbreak spreads
[Photo: Getty]
advertisement
advertisement

The outbreak of a mysterious virus that was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan continues to spread. Health authorities in China just confirmed 139 new cases of pneumonia linked to the virus, including two cases in Beijing and one in Shenzhen. A third death has also been confirmed, CNN reported.

advertisement

The new coronavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling 2019-nCoV, has also been detected in Thailand and Japan. According to the agency, it’s been linked to “a large seafood and animal market.”

What now? The CDC emphasizes that the risk for the American public is low, but that outbreaks of unknown viruses are always a concern. In response to the outbreak, the CDC says travelers entering the United States from Wuhan will undergo a health screening and questionnaire. They’ll be checked for the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

Travelers with those symptoms will have their health further assessed. Last week, the CDC said it was deploying about 100 staffers to three airports—San Francisco International, New York’s JFK, and Los Angeles International—to help carry out the screenings.

For more information, you can check out the CDC’s dedicated web page for the virus here.

[CDC]

About the author

Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

More