Are airport screenings enough in preventing COVID-19 spread?

Internal documents obtained by USA Today showed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that airport passenger screenings for the coronavirus were futile because people can transmit the virus without showing any symptoms.

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This analysis was released last Monday, a few days after the White House pushed to return the said strategy since they are seeking to resume flights and airport operations to help the airline industry. Airports in the United States started screening passengers coming from China earlier this year, but the strategy did not prove successful.

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However, internal emails obtained by USA TODAY showed that the CDC urged President Donald Trump to reconsider this plan. According to them, the emails advised officials of the Department of Homeland Security that screening for fever at airports is an ineffective way to combat COVID-19.

As of writing, there have been 1.38 million reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States.

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