Let's say one is flying into SFO tomorrow from China and encounters one of the thermal scanners as they leave the aircraft. This passenger has a fever, which may or may not be caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. How would the airport authorities deal with such a passenger?

Some bonus questions:

  • Does it matter if you're a US citizen? E.g. would they just deport a French national to avoid the risk?
  • Does it matter if you have health insurance? Would the government authorities pay for any mandatory procedures or is that up to the passenger?
  • Does it matter if the fever started before or during the flight? Would the passenger be prosecuted if they board the plane while knowing they're having flu-like symptoms?

Creating this question as the US authorities are currently expanding their screening of international passengers, so it's very much relevant.

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    Given the current travel restrictions, it is unlikely that a French citizen would be able to board the plane in the first place (unless they were in the immediate family of a US citizen or permanent resident), so the first question wouldn't arise. See this question. Feb 4 '20 at 19:47
  • @MichaelSeifert Though I myself have PR status in Europe, US, and Canada -- all while staying in another country to avoid the coronavirus. Without taking my relatives' nationalities into account. So it's not as unlikely as you think.
    – Alex
    Mar 24 '20 at 17:28

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