Customs is STILL NOT screening passengers from coronavirus hot-spots Italy, Iran and South Korea who arrive at major airports, including JFK, LAX, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

The CDC is only mandating screening in the US for flights from Iran and China
People from Iran, Italy and South Korea are meant to be screened before they board their flights
Whether or not that is actually happening is of concern; several people have been able to return to the US from Italy recently with the virus
One Vice journalist says she walked through JFK on Thursday after returning from Milan – Italy’s virus epicenter – without anyone stopping her
On top of that, it’s unclear what the screening is meant to look like and if it will be effective
Many of the people now diagnosed with coronavirus in the US do not have symptoms, so it’s unclear if a temperature check would be sufficient
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked people returning from all five countries to self-isolate for 2 weeks as a precaution

6 March 2020

Customs agencies are still not properly screening travelers arriving in the US from coronavirus hot-spot countries Italy, Iran and South Korea, with scores of passengers reporting being able to saunter through major airports like JFK and LAX.

On March 1, President Trump vowed that anyone returning from ‘high risk countries’ would be screened both before they boarded planes and once they had returned to the US.

On Monday, Vice President Pence said: ‘Anyone traveling on a direct flight to the United States of America receives multiple screenings at all airports in Italy and South Korea.’

But the CDC is only insisting on screening passengers who arrive in the country from China and Iran.

As the death toll in the US reached 14 on Friday, many travelers took to Twitter to share stories about returning to America from the high risk countries with minimal to no screening.

Many said the only question they were asked was if they had traveled recently to China.

In addition to fears over how flights are being screened, there is growing criticism of the federal government’s response to testing.

The FDA is yet to approve a test that would be able to tell a person if they had the virus or not within 15 minutes.

It is a US test that has been developed by a private company and is already being used in Japan, but is yet to pass grade here.

A Vice News journalist said she was able to walk through customs at JFK without being questioned despite having traveled to Milan and Lombardy – the center of the outbreak in Italy – to report on it.

‘I just landed at JFK after reporting on #coronavirus in Milan and Lombardy —the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak— for Vice News. I walked right through US customs.

‘They didn’t ask me where in Italy I went or if I came into contact with sick people. They didn’t ask me anything,’ she said.

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One Response to “Customs is STILL NOT screening passengers from coronavirus hot-spots Italy, Iran and South Korea who arrive at major airports, including JFK, LAX, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare”

  1. SF Mo

    That is on the CDC. Fire the Obama holdovers and get some real Doctors and Scientists in there.

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