At Least 700 People Under Voluntary Quarantine In NY After Returning From China
According to the New York State Department of Health, at least 700 people who returned to the state after visiting China have been placed under voluntary quarantine, The Independent reported on Wednesday.
Health Department spokeswoman Jill Montag “confirmed an estimated 700 travelers had voluntarily agreed to take part in the 14-day self isolation period after having returned from trips to China — where the coronavirus was believed to have originated — since 3 February.”
Officials said none of the travelers have shown any signs of the coronavirus, but Montag said “Voluntary self-isolation will help limit the potential spread of this virus.”
USA Today noted that common symptoms of the virus "include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties," though in more severe cases, "it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure or even death."
Many of the travelers were "deemed medium risk based on CDC guidelines due to their travel from mainland China outside Hubei Province, which includes the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan," the outlet reported.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 59 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., most of which “stem from an outbreak of the virus aboard a luxury cruise liner docked in Japan.”