In an effort to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking anyone who is sick or has contracted the virus to stay at home until their symptoms clear up and/or they have been cleared by a medical professional to travel. The CDC does estimate that symptoms associated with coronavirus can last up to 14 days which means you may need to self-quarantine for that length of time. While fear has spread across the globe resulting in people trying desperately to prepare and protect themselves from coronavirus, we are learning that there are some who are not implementing the safety precautions they have been advised to take.
For instance, JetBlue recently announced that it had to ban a passenger from flying with the airline who traveled with the airline after he had been tested for coronavirus and the results came back positive [Source: CNN]. The passenger flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport and landed in West Palm Beach Wednesday night. When the flight landed, the man told the crew that while he had been waiting for his test results, he received notice that they came back positive. JetBlue says the man never disclosed to any crew member prior to departure that he was awaiting test results.
After learning an infected traveler had just gone through multiple airports and traveled on a plane filled with other individuals, cleaning immediately began for all the areas where the man went through. That included gates, security checkpoints, check-in counters, kiosks, elevators, and restrooms. JetBlue released a statement on Thursday saying, “Last night’s event put our crewmembers, customers, and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided, and as such, this customer will not be permitted to fly on JetBlue in the future.”
Affected Airports are Back in Operation
While the Palm Beach International Airport had to temporarily close down Concourse A for cleaning, CNN says it is back open and is operating normally. The source shared that all health guidelines were followed after learning a passenger was infected with coronavirus and Capt. Albert Borroto of Palm Beach Fire and Rescue has said that “Passengers in the vicinity of the positive patient were advised of monitoring procedures.” Borroto went on to say that the remaining passengers were “released to go home and given directions … to call the health department with any medical concerns.”
CNN says the condition of the passenger who received the positive test results is unknown at this time and it is unclear where he’s being quarantined.
The coronavirus has not only brought up the concern of where you can go and if you should travel, but it has also stirred up some legal questions as well. Many individuals have been contacting personal injury lawyers regarding coronavirus and what their legal rights are if they didn’t receive the proper treatment after displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19. Others are wanting to know what they can do if a loved one contracted the virus from a place such as a nursing home where precautions weren’t being taken or residents weren’t being monitored.
While there is little that can be done when a person contracts the virus from a public place such as a store or an airport, there may be some form of legal recourse that can be taken when negligence led to a condition developing or worsening.