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Coronavirus Now Confirmed In California. Where Does It Go From Here?




Tourists wear face masks as they visit Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Tourists wear face masks as they visit Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all of whom traveled to the city that is the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday. 

Two new cases were reported Sunday - one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County, Arizona. The others were a patient in Orange County, California, who was in isolation at a hospital and in good condition; a man in his 30s in Washington state; and a woman in her 60s from Chicago. The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. Dozens of people have died from the virus in China, which has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of that country to try to stem the spread of the virus. The U.S. consulate in Wuhan announced Sunday that it would evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. Today on AirTalk, we check in on the outlook of the virus. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Robert Garrova, KPCC reporter covering the Coronavirus; he tweets @robertgarrova