TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Shannon Morgan, a Mississippi native, returned to the United States to get away from the coronavirus outbreak.
Morgan worked in Shanghai as a 6th and 7th grade English teacher for the past two years.
She was traveling for the Chinese New Year when the coronavirus outbreak started.
She was forced to make the decision if she wanted to return to her home there or travel back to Mississippi where she grew up.
It was a difficult decision to leave her pets and students behind, but she packed up and flew back to Mississippi.
Morgan returned to the United States a few weeks ago and explained what the process was like and what safety precautions were taken.
"They had a team of doctors from the CDC to examine me and ask me questions, but I had been out of China so long by that point that I was not in an incubation period," she said.
She flew into New York City before returning to Mississippi and was questioned by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Morgan recounted the reaction she receives from people who learn of her time in China.
"I can see that they are trying to be really nice, and they are calculating in their head, 'How far away am I from her?'"