Disney World isn't immune to coronavirus fears. Some employees told to stay home

Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald on

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Walt Disney World told some cast members to stay home because of their recent trip to Italy and the possibility of coronavirus infection.

A small number of workers, not all Disney employees, were told to stay home, a Walt Disney spokesperson said. The exact number of employees was not said.

As of Wednesday, there were no confirmed or suspected cases of novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Disney said. Those who went on the trip to Italy are not showing any symptoms.

Italy is experiencing sustained community spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention said. The CDC has the country under a Level 2 alert and advises taking enhanced precautions.

If you travel to Italy, the CDC says avoid contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you spent time in Italy during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:

--Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor's office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel.

--Avoid contact with others.


--Do not travel while sick.

--Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

--Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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