A couple of San Diego travelers say that although they understand President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend travel from Europe to the U.S., they believe the measure is a bit much.
“Initially that sounds like an extreme move, but he’s trying to keep our country safe so if it’s that bad in Europe, then he’s doing what he can to protect us, I guess,” said Myla Johnston, who flew to San Diego International Airport from Sacramento.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that a 30-day travel ban will be placed for Europe beginning midnight Friday amid COVID-19 concerns. The temporary ban will only apply to foreign nationals and not U.S. citizens, green card holders or the family of U.S. citizens, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. It also does not apply to the U.K.
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“I guess that’s a good call,” traveler Danielle Sabo told NBC 7. “We definitely don’t need to spread cases over here. I don’t know what the best protocol is to stop that.”
The president’s announcement came on the same day the U.S. Department of State declared a global level 3 health advisory to urge U.S. citizens to reconsider traveling abroad. Also on Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration announced three officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In response to the outbreak, San Diego’s airport has placed additional hand sanitizing dispensers.
Despite the community's concerns of the novel illness, Sabo said she does not feel uncomfortable about traveling.
“I feel fortunate that I do have a strong immune system, so I just load up on the oregano oil and the turmeric and ginger and take precautions,” Sabo said.
Globally, 60,000 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus. In mainland China, where the virus was first traced, more than 80,000 cases were reported but as of Thursday, more than 58,000 people have recovered.