Coronavirus surgical mask needed? A pilot’s perspective for travelers


In today’s fast-paced world, people travel globally, making it much harder to keep a virus localized. That fact of life has recently been driven home by efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China.

Last week, Chinese officials shut down travel to and from Wuhan as well as two neighboring cities and canceled Lunar New Year celebrations in an attempt to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

The new coronavirus has sickened more than 4,500 people across China and 106 people have died,and five cases have been confirmed here in the United States. There are two confirmed cases in California and one each in Arizona, Illinois and Washington state and more than 50 cases under investigation elsewhere in the U.S. There are also a small number of confirmed cases diagnosed in Australia, France and several Asian nations, including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea. 

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