Safety of air travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Bhuvan, K.C., Shrestha, Ranish, Leggat, Peter A., Shankar, P. Ravi, and Shrestha, Sunil (2021) Safety of air travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 43. 102103.

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[Extract] Dear editor, During the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, countries have partially resumed air travel; however, strict COVID-19 guidelines have been implemented to control the spread. Travelling with a passenger with an unknown infection status or getting infected from a co-passenger seem to be the biggest concerns for air travelers. However, as more information regarding COVID-19 becomes available, public perception regarding air travel safety is also changing. An older International Air Transport Association (IATA) survey showed a significant reduction in the willingness of passengers to travel by air, with 30% of passengers willing to wait at least six months before they consider flying while 10% were unwilling to fly for at least a year [1]. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses with the roll-out of vaccines against COVID-19, more people have resumed air travel for essential activities. A study by Graham et al. among the aged population (>65 years) in the United Kingdom, showed that social distancing, regular disinfection and mandatory use of masks were the preferred measures, while most participants were concerned that they could acquire the virus on-board the airplane [2].

Item ID: 68395
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1873-0442
Keywords: Airline; Air travel; COVID-19; HEPA filters; Safety; Transmission
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 03:52
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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