Dana-Farber, MD Anderson, MIT impose travel restrictions amid broader efforts to contain coronavirus damage in US

As the new coronavirus spreads to more states in the US outside Washington, so have the reactions.

MIT is banning all international business travels for students, faculty, postdoc and staff for two months, while urging them to weigh whether domestic trips are essential. All in-person university-affiliated events with more than 150 attendees that will take place between now and May 15 must be postponed, canceled or virtualized.

The university joins a host of other organizations across the country taking precautions against a brewing epidemic of covid-19. The most drastic measures, though, appear to be concentrated in the state of Washington, which has seen the largest cluster of cases at 44. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, home to the researcher who warned of possibly hundreds of unreported active infections in the state, adopted a mandatory work-from-hom