CDC issues highest travel warning to South Korea due to spread of coronavirus

Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 11:44:38-05

Health officials have issued the highest travel warning to South Korea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a level 3 -- "Avoid Nonessential Travel" -- warning for those planning to visit South Korea on Monday night.

While the U.S. government has not issued a "do not travel" advisory like it did for those planning a trip to China, CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea.

According to the Associated Press, South Korea has the second-most cases with 60 reported Tuesday morning, bringing its total to 893. China has the most cases with a little more than 77,000 cases as of Monday night, according to AP.

Coronavirus: Everything you need to know

Over in the Tampa Bay area, college students and faculty are making changes to their schedule Asia trips. The University of Tampa said it has relocated a summer trip from China to Singapore.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

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