Southwest Airlines has removed a passenger from a flight amid concerns about the coronavirus because they had recently traveled to Beijing and showed “flu-like symptoms.”
The virus can cause fever, cough, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the Coronavirus family that is a close cousin of the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.
The sick passenger had completed the trip from Las Vegas, but was escorted out of the plane once he landed at the Baltimore / Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport on Saturday afternoon.
In a video of a travel companion, a health official is heard explaining that the action was “due to this greater time, we are only using a lot of caution.”
Southwest Airlines withdrew a passenger from a flight amid concerns about the coronavirus because they had recently traveled to Beijing and showed “flu-like symptoms.”
The passenger had already been checked and authorized in Nevada and Mexico.
Other passengers were seen wearing masks over their mouths while sitting on the flight.
In a blog post, passenger John Richardson said he had noticed that several Chinese tourists wore paper surgical masks when he arrived at the boarding gate in Las Vegas, but “he didn’t think about it much.”
‘About an hour and a half on the flight, I noticed that flight attendants checked a passenger many rows in front of me. I didn’t think about that much, “Richardson said online. ‘Then they began to pass paper surgical masks along with alcohol wipes to those around that passenger. Then they offered them to anyone who wanted them.
The blogger suggested that the passenger was a man and continued: “After about 20-30 minutes, health officials escorted the passenger and his wife out of the plane.”
Richardson added that the head of the BWI Emergency Department announced that there was very little chance that it was Coronavirus and that Southwest “notified passengers if the passenger was positive.”
The passenger who witnessed the commotion added that “the paramedics sprayed our hands with hand sanitizer” while they retired.
Southwest confirmed in a statement that local medical staff met flight 2889 once it arrived “due to reports from a sick client.”
“ In light of the recent concerns about the coronavirus, our crew followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control to respond to concerns to ensure that the Client and those traveling with them receive the assistance or support they can. need, ” the airline said.
The Maryland Department of Health said in a statement that the person “ did not meet the criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for novel coronavirus tests of 2019, ” but was referred to a medical center to its evaluation to determine if additional monitoring was necessary.
After an evaluation by the medical staff, it was determined that no special action was indicated for anyone on the flight.
The person was released.
The sick passenger had completed the trip from Las Vegas, but was escorted out of the plane once he landed Saturday at the Baltimore / Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.
The blogger added in response to the audience that there was no risk: “I am very happy that they took it seriously and did not rule it out.”
On Sunday, health officials in Los Angeles County confirmed a fourth case in the United States of the new pneumonia-like virus from China.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Sunday that the infected person showed up for care once he noticed he was not feeling well and is currently receiving medical attention.
The person is a traveler returning from the city of Wuhan, China. The case came immediately after confirmed cases in Orange County, California, the state of Washington and Chicago.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the case of Orange County, California.
The person was also traveling from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and tested positive for the virus, the Orange County Health Agency announced Saturday night. The patient is isolated in a hospital and in good condition.
Cases in California occurred immediately after diagnosis in the state of Washington, on January 21, and in Chicago, on January 24. Both patients, in Washington, a man in his 30s, and in Chicago, a woman in his 60s, had also traveled. to China.
The CDC expects more Americans to be diagnosed with the newly discovered virus, which is believed to have an incubation period of approximately two weeks, since worldwide the number of confirmed cases is close to 2,000.
The CDC is checking passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan at five major airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The CDC guide reports that people who have had casual contact with the patient have a “minimal risk” of developing infection.