Passengers arriving in the UK at Heathrow Airport are reporting no checks or screenings to see if they have coronavirus.

One passenger who arrived from Iran told the Daily Mail that upon leaving Iran, he had his temperature checked, had to provide details on a form and write if he had coronavirus symptoms. This was in stark contrast to arriving in London, where there was not a single check. “There was no temperature check, no questions about my health, no advice on how to avoid catching the virus. Nothing. Everything was all just like the world is normal,” Farzhad Parhzikar told the Daily Mail.

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Approximately 10,000 international travelers are still entering Heathrow on a daily basis. While passenger traffic is down, according to the airport, cargo traffic has increased.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “We don’t test at airports because the number of people coming through has dropped dramatically. Scientists say the epidemiological impact of keeping travel open is very small, because there’s already large transmission here.”

An article in Science Magazine confirmed Hancock’s statement. “Ultimately, measures aimed at catching infections in travelers will only delay a local epidemic and not prevent it,”  Ben Cowling, an epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong, said in the article.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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