- White House and Google cancel conferences in Las Vegas due to coronavirus outbreak
- Las Vegas is considered one of the largest convention destinations in the US
- Trump announces 15 people infected across the country
- Fears over canceling 2020 NFL Draft
- Coronavirus, it’s symptoms and what to do if you come into close contact with an infected person
The spread of the coronavirus has led the White House and Google to cancel conferences that were scheduled to take place in Las Vegas.
Last Friday Trump announced that there are 15 cases of the virus in the US. “And a lot of that is because we called it early.”
The president added, “We made a decision very early to close up our borders to certain areas of the world and we did that. And so we are hopefully getting lower from that number, but let’s see what happens in the future.”
The announcement also included elevated warnings against travel to specific regions such as Italy and South Korea.
Moreover, the president imposed further restrictions on travellers who have been in Iran as well as heightened screening for those coming from Italy and South Korea.
Industry professionals believe that recent cancellations might snowball affecting more convention businesses.
It is noteworthy to mention that the first U.S coronavirus death was recorded in Seattle.
Las Vegas one of the largest convention destinations in the US
Las Vegas is considered one of the largest convention destinations across the country. Conventions brought over 6.64 million visitors.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, “In 2019, March was the fifth-busiest month of the year for convention business in the city.”
What is worrying is that there are concerns that the virus could affect the city hosting the 2020 NFL Draft which is scheduled for April.
Nevada’s governor recently commented on the spread of the virus by saying. “I want to assure all of you that we will continue sharing information and working with our Members of Congress and U.S Senators to ensure that Nevadans remains safe and protected as this situation develops”
What exactly is Coronavirus?
The new virus is part of a large family of viruses which attacks the respiratory system. “About 30% of the common colds that adults experience are coronaviruses,” said Karen Duus, an associate professor in microbiology and immunology at Touro University Nevada in Henderson.
Symptoms of the virus may appear within 2-14 days after exposure. Infected persons might acquire a fever, coughing and shortness in breath.
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus, hence the best way to prevent from the illness is to avoid being exposed to it!
In case you come in close contact with an infected person or if you feel any symptoms o tell your healthcare provider. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.