What we know about prevention, travel safety and the coronavirus

A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for COVID-19
A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on Friday in Nutley, N.J.
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U.S. officials have reported at least six deaths linked to the spread of the new coronavirus, with at least 90 cases of COVID-19 identified in the country as well.

Meanwhile, domestic and international efforts to contain the spread of the virus continue. Part of that includes travel changes; several airlines have canceled flights as bookings drop and travelers change their plans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has different levels of travel guidance out for countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Right now, the government advises that U.S. residents avoid nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

On Tuesday, Kerri Miller talked with infection prevention and control specialists to understand the state of the outbreak, and what to weigh in terms of prevention and travel safety.


  • Dr. Susy Hota is the medical director of infection prevention and control at University Health Network.

  • Dr. Arnold Monto is a professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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