Your Health & Safety Committee wants to update you on the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and cases are confirmed in Washington state. Another case is said to have reached into the Texas A&M campus as of Thursday, January 23. Another passenger from Mexico City to Los Angeles was taken to the hospital out of caution, showing symptoms of the virus.

This specific strain of coronavirus has spread throughout Asia, sickening hundreds and killing over 17 people. Travel restrictions have been placed in the Wuhan, China vicinity and the United States has put travel limits of its own in place, only allowing entry into the United States by those recently visiting the Wuhan area into certain airports, including Los Angeles International, where special screening is available. A vaccine is already in progress at the CDC.

As this situation is evolving, please know your Health & Safety Committee is monitoring daily reports from the CDC and will keep you informed on any updates and developments as they present. Please review information on Universal Precautions in FAM, 3.2.2 and familiarize yourself on what you can do to prevent exposure. We will continue to work to keep you, our Inflight Crewmember first responders, safe and healthy.

For more information, you can visit the TWU Health & Safety page, which includes resources from the CDC.