Houston and most of Texas are becoming very aware of the potential of a coronavirus spread.
Today Rice University released a statement that said they were exercising extreme caution and asking a few members of staff and a few students to self-quarantine because of a rice employee's POSSIBLE exposure to the coronavirus during their overseas travel. Rice is working closely with the Harris County County Public Health.
The caution continues as the energy conference CERAWeek 2020 is cancelled. The conference brings in professionals from at least 80 foreign countries as delegates. Many delegates' businesses have temporarily banned international travel, and the show runner IHS Markit is concerned about bringing people together from so many different countries.
And even Austin's favorite event, South By Southwest may have to be cancelled for the year. More than 7,000 people have signed petitions that are asking that the event be cancelled this year over coronavirus concerns.
Wash your hands!