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Bayer closes 4 U.S. locations due to coronavirus

Employee in Missouri may have contracted Covid-19; office will remain closed until further notice.

The Associated Press is reporting that Bayer AG has temporarily closed two locations in Missouri and two in New Jersey due to concerns that an employee may have contracted the coronavirus Covid-19.

The company learned on Sunday that an employee in Creve Coeur potentially had the disease, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Cleaning is underway at the Creve Coeur, Missouri, campus, according to lehighvalleylive.com. In New Jersey, the closures are affecting Bayer's campuses in Whippany, which is the company's U.S. headquarters, and Morristown.

Bayer said on Monday that its Creve Coeur site will remain closed until further notice.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, KMBC.com reports. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

On March 9, Covid-19 was reported in three new areas: Bangladesh, Albania and Paraguay. Globally, 109,577 cases have been confirmed with 3,809 deaths. In China, there have been 80,904 confirmed cases and 3,123 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

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