On The flight: Tips for Preventing Coronavirus Infections

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December 16, 2021 - 04:58 PM


 

You're probably itching to get out and explore after being stuck at home for so long. Take into account how the spread of COVID-19, especially in its delta form, could affect your travel plans before you book your tickets or make travel arrangements.

Taking a trip when a pandemic is going on will require you to be more meticulous and cautious than usual, but you can still do it while minimising your own risks.

Things to keep in mind when planning a vacation.

Make sure you're prepared for every possible scenario when you're planning your trip. By taking a proactive approach, you can help keep yourself and those travelling with you saf

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re headed?

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?

  • Will you or the people who you are traveling with be within six feet of others during or after your trip?

  • Are the people who are traveling with you at high risk for COVID-19?

  • Do you live with someone who is at high risk?

  • Will the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?

  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or other obligations?

 

Is my flight safe from Covid-19?

Those low-cost flights are appealing at the moment. A mask alone will not keep you safe on a plane, so consider your options carefully before you decide to take to the skies. Prior to boarding, you have to deal with check-in and security lines. This requires frequent contact with touching contaminated surfaces and close to a large number of individuals. Before boarding the plane, you should be more concerned about your own safety than anything else.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most viruses do not spread easily aboard planes because of the way air is circulated and filtered on aircraft. Many airlines have taken the required procedures to keep their planes cleaned and safe for passengers in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Airplanes nowadays are equipped with HEPA filters, which allow for the passage of pure outdoor air as well as recirculated air. With the help of an electrostatic disinfectant that sticks to seatbelts and other high-touch surfaces, many airlines are deep-cleaning and even fogging their flights. Some airlines have even made changes to their seating layouts in order to provide more space between customers.

Should You Book A Flight Right Now?

At the end of the day, the decision is yours. When making a decision, keep the risks in mind as you proceed. In the event that you are sick or at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus, it is usually advisable to remain on the ground. The same is true for any friends or family members who wish to accompany you on your trip. 

 

 

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