TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay Info) — Merely how safe is it to fly in the middle of the pandemic?
The story of 1 worldwide flight in March — sooner than the arrival of masks and glove protocols — implies that even with contaminated passengers aboard, the possibilities of catching COVID-19 are comparatively small.
Reporting Aug. 18 throughout the journal JAMA Neighborhood Open, German researchers recount the properly being outcomes for 102 passengers who boarded a Boeing 737 in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 9 and landed in Frankfurt, Germany, four hours 40 minutes later.
This was sooner than the arrival of strict hygiene protocols — compulsory masks on passengers and crew, discouragement of gatherings in aisles, curtailment of onboard meals — that airways have since put in place to curb SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Among the many many 102 passengers: A tour group of 24 people who’d had contact with a lodge supervisor each week sooner than who later was confirmed to have COVID-19. Upon landing in Frankfurt, all passengers throughout the tour group underwent throat swab checks to help detect any coronavirus an an infection.
Exams have been optimistic for seven of the 24 people throughout the tour group.
So, did any of the alternative passengers on the airplane catch COVID-19 from these seven contaminated passengers?
Based mostly totally on follow-up interviews of 71 of the remaining 78 passengers, along with coronavirus testing of 25 further, “we discovered two seemingly SARS-CoV-2 transmissions on this flight,” the researchers reported. The evaluation crew was led by Dr. Sandra Ciesek, of the Institute for Medical Virology at Goethe Faculty in Frankfurt.
The two additional cases occurred in passengers who’d been sitting inside two rows of one among many contaminated passengers from the tour group, Ciesek’s group well-known.
The researchers moreover pressured that on account of testing of the 71 passengers occurred as a lot as 9 weeks after the flight, infections throughout the two new cases might nonetheless have “occurred sooner than or after the flight.”
For infectious sickness educated Dr. Amesh Adalja, the report is good info for people who actually really feel they need to fly throughout the near future.