matt gaetz, A masked shopper walks in the Chinatown district of San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. As China grapples with the growing coronavirus outbreak, Chinese people in California are encountering a cultural disconnect as they brace for a possible spread of the virus in their adopted homeland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) No vaccine has been developed for coronavirus as of yet, which makes it dangerous in that respect. How did it start? It's not entirely clear how it started, but Chinese scientists believe the virus may have originated in bats. A study by the Wuhan Institute of Virology said that genome sequences from seven patients tested were identical to the bat coronavirus.
matt gaetz - How does it transmit? It's believed the normal coronavirus can be transmitted most commonly through respiratory droplets in the air, as well as close contact with an infected person or touching areas contaminated with the virus before washing. The digestive tract may also transmit the disease, according to scientists from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinses Academy of Science. HOW IS CORONAVIRUS TRANSMITTED? They recently discovered virus genetic material in feces samples and rectal swabs from some patients, Chinese state media reported.
matt gaetz, What are the current travel restrictions? The U.S. declared the coronavirus a public health emergency last Friday with Trump signing an order barring entry to foreign nationals who recently were in China, other than the immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents. CHINA SLAMS TRUMP'S CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL LIMITS: 'NOT A GESTURE OF GOODWILL' Officials at the CDC have advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to the country. The U.S. State Department raised its China travel advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. The U.S. expanded the screening of travelers arriving from Wuhan from five to 20 airports.
matt gaetz - People wearing face masks ride a mostly empty subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Those currently in China should consider departing using commercial means. The Department of State has requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel defer travel to China in light of the novel coronavirus, The advisory said. Vietnam stopped all flights to and from China. Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia all have similar policies to the U.S. on restricting non-citizens.
matt gaetz - Mongolia and Singapore have shut their borders. Singapore said it would ban travelers from China's Hubei province. AIRLINE PASSENGER ARRESTED OVER FALSE CORONAVIRUS CLAIM SAYS HE DID IT FOR 'PUBLICITY' Pakistan says they're halting all flights to and from China until Feb. 2. The United Kingdom and New Zealand advised their people against nonessential travel to China. Russia has signed an order to close the border between them and China. They also blocked tour groups from China.