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Experts warn that on average, screening may catch less than half of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV infected travellers…

We’ve been reassuring that airport staff are screening travellers for the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, but this may not be enough.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and a team of UCLA scientists recently completed a study on travel-related screening for the new novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

They found that on average, travel-related screening methods may only catch less than half of the infected people.

This is because most infected travellers are undetectable, meaning that they have no symptoms yet. Many may also be unaware that they have been exposed.
We need more protection

According to these findings, we need to do more to stop the spread of the virus.

This puts the onus on government officials and public health officials to follow up with travellers after they arrive, to isolate them and trace their contacts if they get sick later,” said Lloyd-Smith, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Many governments have started to impose quarantines, or even travel bans, as they realise that screening is not sufficient to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Concern for Africa and India

One major concern, Lloyd-Smith said, is that other countries, especially developing nations, lack the infrastructure and resources for those measures, and are therefore vulnerable to importing the disease.

Much of the public health world is very concerned about the virus being introduced into Africa or India, where large populations exist do not have access to advanced medical care,” he said.

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