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March 4, 2020 10:00 AM, EST

US Business Leaders Caution Against Overreacting to Virus

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials and travel industry leaders urged businesses and consumers not to overreact to the spread of coronavirus and to take precautions while going about business as usual.

“Now is not the time to overreact or panic,” said the chamber’s CEO Tom Donohue at a press conference in Washington March 4. “Fear and panic undermine our ability to contain the virus, to minimize disruptions to daily life and to keep our economy humming along.”

Donohue said the chamber is working with the White House, other government agencies and foreign officials.

Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, urged the government to build a website that could share updates about the latest developments with the virus and help people make informed decisions.

“We thought and still think that building a website and developing an app will be the quickest way to obtain verifiable and accurate contact information,” Calio said, referring to international travelers.

With assistance from David McLaughlin.

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