Asia-Pacific countries, Canada and the U.S. begin screening airports for possible coronavirus outbreak

There have been six deaths confirmed because of the spreading new type of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

Courtesy of ABC News

The human-to-human virus has already affected Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand after some passengers were tested positive. A building case in Aklan, Philippines is also being monitored after three Chinese Nationals were quarantined with suspicions of having the said virus.

This has made Asia-Pacific countries, even Canada and the U.S. to increase airport screening especially to passengers arriving from Wuhan. Temperatures of individuals are checked.

The outbreak is giving the same amount of anxiety experienced when the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 happened. Although sources are saying that the new coronavirus is not as severe as SARS.

Initial symptoms are fever, cough, tightness of chest, and shortness of breath. Residents in Wuhan, and all over China are being advised to take precaution by wearing surgical masks, gloves, and goggles.

The Chinese government urges its residents to temporarily avoid travelling to other countries to contain the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization is said to hold a meeting on Wednesday to confirm whether the new virus should be declared as a global health crisis.

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