To date, more than 130,000 people in over 120 countries have contracted the coronavirus strain known as COVID-19. Originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China, this infectious disease has caused the deaths of over 4,900 individuals.

As the coronavirus now makes its way across the United States, numerous precautions are being taken to dull the impact. The NBA and NHL are suspending their seasons, and the annual NCAA March Madness basketball tournament has been cancelled.

But what about Las Vegas? The gambling capitol of North America draws tourists from around the globe, and any one of them could be infected with COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Nevada

So far, 10 cases of the coronavirus have been discovered in the state of Nevada. The latest three were in Clark County, which also happens to be the home of Sin City.

This has led to several conferences in Las Vegas being cancelled, and room rates across the city have dropped by 10%. McCarran International Airport has also stepped up cleaning efforts, as thousands of tourists continue to stream into Vegas.

What the Casinos Are Doing

So what precautions are the casinos taking? Some of the most notable are listed below, although it should be assumed that all facilities are closely monitoring the situation.

Mirage/Treasure Island

Employees told a local TV news crew that more frequent cleanings are taking place.

Wynn Las Vegas

Hand sanitizer is present at all gaming tables, and poker machines are more frequently disinfected. Dealers routinely clean their hands, and bartenders wipe down countertops every 20 to 30 minutes.

The buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is still open. However, hungry players are now being served by a staff member instead of getting the food themselves. This is meant to keep serving utensils from possibly getting infected.

Venetian/Palazzo

This luxury casino has implemented around-the-clock cleaning of toilets, countertops, door handles, and escalator railings. Bottles of hand sanitizer are present between gaming tables, and decks of cards are frequently shredded to avoid overexposure.

MGM Resorts International

On Tuesday, the corporation announced that it would be closing the buffets at all their properties. This includes the MGM Grand, Bellagio, ARIA, The Mirage, Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.

Microscopic view of COVID19

10 Facts about the Coronavirus

There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet about the coronavirus and what you can do to avoid getting it. All the facts below have been carefully researched and taken from credible sources such as the CDC.

  • The symptoms of the current form of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • In order to get COVID-19, you either need to touch contaminated secretions or be within six feet of an infected person who’s coughing or sneezing. A few medical articles suggest that the virus can remain airborne for up to three hours, but these are still being reviewed.
  • Face masks help keep infected people from spreading the disease via sneezing or coughing. However, they don’t adequately protect uninfected individuals from small particles in the air.
  • Anyone can contract the coronavirus, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Asians are no more susceptible than anyone else.
  • The presence of estrogen in the body tends to serve as some protection against the virus. Therefore, this current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) tends to impact men more than women. However, doctors have urged men not to take estrogen pills or injections, as they will not help them.
  • When washing your hands, use soap and water. Be sure to wash for at least 20 seconds. Also, remember to keep unwashed hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • You are at an increased risk of infection if you live in or have travelled to an area with an ongoing spread. Also, being in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 increases your chances.
  • Initial studies suggest that the coronavirus can live on most surfaces from a few hours to several days. Previous strains of the virus have persisted on cold, moist surfaces for up to nine days. Evidence suggests that high temperatures tend to degrade the virus at an accelerated rate.
  • A person who has been released from isolation or completed quarantine is no longer at risk of infecting others.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, there are two safe options. First, you can sneeze into the crook of your arm (like a vampire holding a cape up to their face). Second, you can cough into a tissue (just be sure to dispose of it in a trash bin afterwards).

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