MORE than 350 TSA workers have tested positive for coronavirus and two have died in the past two months.
However, millions of individuals continue to travel despite state and federal guidelines urging all Americans to stay home and quarantine.
The American airline industry is reportedly on the verge of collapse in the wake of the pandemic, but US airspace continues to be the busiest in the world.
Live flight maps from across the globe that show thousands of flights taking off every day this past month as opposed to the handful that depart from other major hubs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Numbers have been decreasing with each day, but last week still saw over 800,000 Americans pass through TSA screenings in the US.
That is wreaking havoc on workers across the country.
"TSA understands that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is on the minds of travelers and the general public. That is why we have established a map for the purpose of notifying the public about airports where TSA officers have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. CDC recommends that post-exposure health management measures for asymptomatic exposed individuals continue until 14 days after the last potential exposure," read a report from TSA released this week.
"In the past 14 days across the nation, there are 42 screening officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, 7 non-screening employees who have relatively limited interaction with the traveling public, have tested positive for the virus over the same period. Overall, TSA has had 327 employees, both screeners and non-screeners, test positive for COVID-19."
The report went on to say that "13 employees have recovered, and 2 have succumbed to the virus."
On Wednesday, the TSA announced it would be taking all precautions to protect its employees.
"TSA is working with the CDC and state and local health departments to monitor local situations as well as the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public," said a spokesperson for the agency.
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