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Bette leaned against the counter drinking coffee, while listening to NPR over the radio.
The first case of an infection with the new coronavirus has been discovered in the United States.
A man from Washington state returned home after a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, sought medical attention on Jan. 19 and now is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington
State health officials say his condition is quite good and even referred to him as ”healthy.” But testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 20 confirm that he is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus. The man arrived back in the U.S. prior to the implementation of screening at three domestic airports on Friday.
”Hey Babe,” Bette called out. ”Come here and listen to this.”
”What?” Tina called back as she headed downstairs buttoning up her shirt. ”What did you say?” Tina inquired walking into the kitchen.
”Shhh, listen,” Bette said focusing on the broadcaster’s words.
About 300 cases of the virus and six deaths have been reported in China, and health officials there and around the world are ramping up precautions to stem the spread.
Chinese authorities are trying to control the flow of people in and out of the eastern city of Wuhan, where a strain of the coronavirus was discovered last month. Wuhan’s mayor has asked residents to stay in the city to try to prevent the spread of the virus, which can cause respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia.
Cars may be randomly tested in case wild animals, a potential source for the virus, are transported, and tour groups are prohibited from leaving the city, NPR’s Amy Cheng reports from Beijing.
Cases of coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, have also been confirmed in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
Many airports around the world, including three in the U.S. — JFK in New York, SFO in San Francisco and LAX in Los Angeles — are setting up additional security screenings for passengers coming from infected areas.
“Aren’t you flying to New York next month?” Bette inquired lifting her eyebrow as she handed Tina a cup of coffee and a plate of avocado toast.
”Yeah, but we’re using the company jet. We won’t even be leaving from LAX.” Tina paused while she took a sip of her coffee. ”Don’t worry Baby, I’m healthy, no problems, at least that’s what the doctor said on my last WellWoman examine.” Tina smiled as she leaned over and gave Bette a reassuring kiss, ”I’m only going to be in The City for a week at the most and this thing will probably be over by then.”