These are the 20 U.S. airports screening for the coronavirus. Here's what it entails



Slide 1 of 17: Students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid the contact of coronavirus before their morning class at a hight school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak.
Slide 2 of 17: A man uses alcohol to disinfect the grounds nearby the Wuhan Huoshenshan hospital construction site on Jan. 28, 2020 in Wuhan, China.
Slide 3 of 17: People wear masks at a metro station in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. According to the Taiwan Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Tuesday, the eighth case diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in Taiwan.
Slide 4 of 17: Residents wearing face masks shop at a market on Jan. 28, 2020 in Macau, China.

Slide 5 of 17: Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on Jan. 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.
Slide 6 of 17: Chinese passengers, most wearing masks, arrive to board trains before the annual Spring Festival at a Beijing railway station on January 23, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 500 in mainland China as health officials locked down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease.
Slide 7 of 17: Workers driving excavators at the construction site of a field hospital on January 24, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The builders will complete the 1,000-bed hospital by February 3 to cope with the surge of 2019-nCoV patients in the city.
Slide 8 of 17: Travellers wearing face mask wait at the departure hall at West Kowloon Station on January 23, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.
Slide 9 of 17: A notice explaining precautions to be taken by people traveling to Wuhan, China, is seen at a terminal of Rome's International Fiumicino airport, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions are being taken worldwide as a new strain of coronavirus has been infecting hundreds of people across the central Chinese metropolis.

Slide 10 of 17: A person walks across the skybridge at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where a man with the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States is being treated on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Everett, Wash. A U.S. resident who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus. Health officials said Tuesday that the man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began.
Slide 11 of 17: Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state epidemiologist for communicable disease, speaks during a press conference about the first confirmed U.S. case of a virus known as the 2019 novel coronavirus at the state Public Health Laboratories on Jan. 21, 2020 in Shoreline, Washington. The patient diagnosed with the virus, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is recovering in isolation at a hospital in Everett, Wash.
Slide 12 of 17: Christian Drosten, director of the institute for virology of Berlin's Charite hospital stands next to a centrifuge after an interview with the Associated Press on his researches on the coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.
Slide 13 of 17: A girl wears a protective mask as she is held by a relative as they wait to board a train at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
Slide 14 of 17: Health officials watch thermographic monitors at a quarantine inspection station at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.Countries both in the Asia-Pacific and elsewhere have initiated body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching those at risk of carrying a new coronavirus that has sickened more than 200 people in China.

Slide 15 of 17: A Chinese man kisses his partner goodbye while both wear protective masks as she leaves to travel home at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human.
Slide 16 of 17: Chinese travelers wear protective masks as they arrive to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China.
Slide 17 of 17: Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday revealed more details about the government’s plans to expand coronavirus screening efforts in the United States, with the list of participating airports increasing from five to 20.

Scott Pauley of the CDC confirmed to USA TODAY that the 20 airports align with the center’s existing quarantine stations that cover all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The stations are part of the CDC’s system for limiting the introduction and spread of contagious diseases in the U.S.

Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Monday that these airports collectively handle about 90% of passengers arriving from China, where the coronavirus outbreak originated.

Here’s the expanded list of airports (screenings at the top five were already taking place): 

a group of people wearing costumes: Chinese passengers wear face masks as they depart from Leonardo Da Vinci airport, at Fiumicino, Italy,  on Monday. Aviation and public health authorities around the world have been stepping up their coronavirus screening efforts.

What can passengers expect in terms of screenings in the US?

Travelers flying from China to one of the 20 airports will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about their travel, any symptoms and contact information.

CDC staff will also take travelers’ temperatures with a handheld thermometer that doesn’t touch the skin and watch for signs of a cough or difficulty breathing.

In the case of travelers who appear sick, the CDC will evaluate them further to determine whether the passenger should be taken to a hospital for further care. However, the first two U.S. cases, in Seattle and Chicago, involved travelers who didn’t show symptoms at the airport.

For travelers without symptoms, the CDC is handing out health information cards with details on the symptoms they should look for up to two weeks after leaving China.

The statistics so far

So far, 106 people have died from coronavirus and the number of confirmed cases in China has ballooned to more than 4,500.

The epicenter of the outbreak is Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, but during their Tuesday press conference, CDC and HHS officials said there were 60 cases in 13 other countries outside of China, including five in the U.S.

The CDC has issued its most severe warning for China and advised against all nonessential travel to the country. The U.S. State Department, similarly, has advised Americans to reconsider travel to China.

United Airlines said Tuesday it would suspend 24 flights between the U.S. and China and became the first U.S. airline to make such a move. Delta and American also offer nonstop service between the U.S. and China.

Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson, John Bacon

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