The US military is currently taking extra precautions for our soldiers from the corona virus after witnessing its fast-spreading ability, as the first case on a military base is confirmed.
“Over the past week, U.S. military leaders have begun to intensify the Pentagon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak after a soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.”
“Have you or anyone living with you traveled to or through China, Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy?
Have you had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19?
Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever greater than 99.5 degrees, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fatigue or diarrhea?
“If a future soldier answers yes to any of these questions or has a … temperature greater than 99.5, [that] could result in a future soldier being delayed in shipping to basic training,” Ferguson said.
The recruit would be “directed to contact a medical provider to be tested for illness, and then must be cleared by [military entrance processing stations or MEPS] before shipping,” she added.”
With this in mind, we can at least rest a bit easier knowing the military is doing what they can in order to protect our soldiers as well as us from the potentially dangerous virus.
“On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT) began screening all trainees for COVID-19 at reception stations at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, according to Megan Reed, CIMT spokeswoman.
Trainees will be asked the three questions, then screened for fever, cough, sore throat and other symptoms.
“If a trainee presents positive during the initial screening process, the trainee is then given a further evaluation by medical professionals, who will make a determination for appropriate care,” Reed said.”
The air force seeing the army’s efforts, will also follow behind and persist in their efforts keeping the coronavirus out of the fight the best they can, in order to continue their selfless service to the American people.