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TSA agent at Nashville International Airport tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 09:02:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A TSA agent at Nashville International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19. The agent’s last day at work was March 18.

The checkpoint officer who tested positive in Nashville had been assigned to the main passenger checkpoint from 3 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

TSA officials have compiled a list of the agency’s confirmed cases. No additional information was known.

“TSA leadership remains committed to being as transparent as possible in providing the public with information about the status of our employees while respecting our employees’ privacy. Our goal is to enable travelers to make sound personal decisions about steps they may want to take to ensure their health and well-being as they pass through the security screening process,” TSA said in part.

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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.