Health officials: flu still a priority over coronavirus in mid-Missouri

1 month 4 days 4 hours ago Friday, February 28 2020 Feb 28, 2020 Friday, February 28, 2020 2:32:00 PM CST February 28, 2020 in News
By: Grace Taylor, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - As more coronavirus cases show up overseas, it's making some mid-Missourians a little worried.

Direct Travel office manager Jerry Price said he has already gotten calls from concerned clients about their international travel plans.

"We see the concern, we get the calls, but we haven't seen the shift of business yet that will occur, or may occur," Price said. "Things are starting to slow down."

Price said he wants to help clients get the right information about the coronavirus. Health officials around mid-Missouri want to do the same.

MU Health Care and the Callaway County Health Department are among those closely following CDC guidelines against the Coronavirus.

Callaway County Health Department director Sharon Lynch said Missouri is among the states most prepared against the coronavirus. She said with no active cases of the virus in Missouri, those not traveling out of the U.S should focus on something more important.

"Flu is what we need to deal with here, it's here, it's now, today," Lynch said. "Mostly what we're going to advise you to do for the flu is exactly what you need to do with the new virus, except there are still flu shots available."

She says people can educate themselves on the CDC website.

"I think in the weeks and months to come, we will have some of those answers that we don't have right now," Lynch said.

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