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5th TSA officer at Nashville International Airport tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 6:53 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 08:02:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Another Transportation Security Administration officer at Nashville International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to five.

According to the TSA’s website, the screening officer had been assigned to the main checkpoint between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The officer’s last day at work was March 26.

Last week, NewsChannel 5 learned the first officer at BNA tested positive for the virus. Three additional cases were confirmed on Monday.

TSA officials have been keeping track of the agency's confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of March 31, 68 screening officers have tested positive. The agency says 23 non-screening employees, who have relatively limited interaction with the public, have tested positive for the virus over the same period.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

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

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.