Did you know that of the 48 positive test results to date in our Hawaiian Islands, 37 of them originated with Hawaii residents returning home?
In other words, the majority of our cases are residents who returned home from a trip. At this point, many students are and will continue to come home from schools across the US and abroad due to school closures.
There are others who will be returning from essential travel for the military or the government for example.
It is important for all travelers to monitor their health for 14 days after traveling and to avoid exposing others and stay at home.
Let's all do our part to stay calm and avoid fostering stigma and anger in our community. Just as it would be wrong to call this the "Chinese virus", it is wrong to blame travelers or tourists for all cases of Corona Virus.
Thank you for your assistance in increasing understanding during this rapidly changing situation.
Dr. Collins is interested in the health and well being of the individual, community, and planet.