Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina, the US, is taking several measures to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The Airport Authority has increased the number of staff for wiping handrails on escalators, cleaning door handles, sanitising baggage claim areas and disinfecting seats at gate areas.

The officials stated that the measures are essential to reduce the risk of Covid-19 being spread from common areas, where the disease could be picked up by touch.

Airport officials added that they began taking these precautions weeks ago when the first reports of the virus surfaced. As a result, operations personnel started stockpiling sanitising chemicals and scheduling more staff to perform the extra cleaning duties.

The airport has been following the recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Operations staff at Piedmont Triad International Airport are also working with other public institutions such as Cone Health and the Guilford County Health Department.

The Airport Authority is asking passengers to follow CDC’s recommendations to help prevent the outbreak of the disease.

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The safety measures encouraged by the airport include avoiding close contact with people who are unwell, avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth, staying at home when someone is sick, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

In addition, the authority urged passengers to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating.