7 Airports Started Thermal Screening for Passengers Flying In From China : Coronavirus Scare
With around 300 cases of human-to-human transmission of ‘Novel Coronavirus’ (nCoV) reported from Wuhan, China. : At least nine people are dead in China and more than 400 infected as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and across the world.
India is taking suitable measures to protect the people from this Virus by starting its detection process at airports. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said that “thermal screening of passengers arriving from China is now mandatory at seven airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Cochin”.
Airlines coming from China will be making in-flight announcements requesting passengers with history of fever and cough and history of travel to Wuhan City in last 14 days. Thermal screening will be undertaken at the pre-immigration area through thermal cameras.
The virus is in the air and it gets transmitted via sneezing, coughing and also the breathing process,” said Professor of Pulmonology and senior chest specialist Subakar Kandi. “One person infected can infect 10 others in a crowded area. This spreads the virus fast. All who have the virus will not develop symptoms. Only those who are immune-compromised will be affected.”
The case history shows patients had fever, chills, sore throat, severe headache and breathing difficulty. These have then led to lung and multi-organ failure, causing death.
“These viruses often take the strains from the host body that they are in,” said Dr. Mohammed Shafi, senior infection specialist. “As in birds, the virus combines in animals and humans to survive. The strain must be isolated to ensure proper medication.”