Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
As this international outbreak continues to evolve, it is critical that we emphasize disease prevention and infection control practices including:
Get your flu shot.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcoh
ol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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 cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
As of 02/04/2020, there have been no reported cases in Hawaii, and the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) continues to monitor the situation closely.
All flights from China to the United States are being funneled through 11 airports, including the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). However, as of February 2, 2020, there are no longer to Hawaii from China scheduled. Screening is being conducted at HNL by federal authorities, and any passengers identified as having travel history to Hubei province, China in the past 14 days will be placed in mandatory quarantine until 14 days since they left the province. Travelers that have been to other areas of China in the past 14 days will be allowed to travel to their home or final destination where they will be asked to self-quarantine and will be monitored by the relevant public health jurisdiction for symptoms of 2019-nCoV.
Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard will deny entry to the U.S any passenger vessels carrying passengers that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14 days. Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to, or have crew that have been to, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), with no sick crew members will be allowed entry to the U.S., but crew must remain aboard the vessel.
Irene Papaconstadopoulos, MD FAAP