The caller, introduced as Andy West, told LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty of his “shocking” experience on the plane. The United Airlines flight departed from San Francisco and landed at Heathrow Airport. During the flight, a passenger became ill and was isolated at the back of the plane.
The LBC host asked the caller: “What went through your mind when you first heard of this?”
Mr West replied: “I don’t think I was in the same part of the plane I didn’t actually see the individual so from that perspective I wasn’t worried
“Obviously as soon as you hear the word coronavirus mentioned and you’re in an enclosed space it’s pretty upsetting and shocking.
“You think of your family and the impact that it could have but at the end of the day, we will wait and see whether or not it is confirmed.
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“It was only a suspected incident.”
Ms Fogarty then asked if Mr West had considered self-isolating as a precaution.
Mr West responded: “My business allows me to work from home, so being quarantined at home wouldn’t be a major imposition…but it would be for my wife.
“I have a 15-year-old son who is in GCSE year and I don’t want him to have to miss two or three weeks of school because he has to be quarantined.”
The UK has nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The 2019-nCoV-tracker shows the number of infections and deaths and also charts out pasts infections for comparisons, such as the 2003 SARS epidemic, 2009 Swine Flu outbreak and Ebola in 2014.
The tracker was presented by research fellow Edward Parker in an article for The Conversation.
He said: “In the final weeks of 2019, a virus slipped furtively from animal to human somewhere in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
“This inauspicious moment marked the sounding of a starting pistol, unheard at first but now echoing deafeningly across the globe. The race to stop a pandemic had begun.”