Although the likelihood of an aeroplane infection is typically smaller than in a shopping centre or workplace setting, there are easy precautions you may follow to help mitigate the risk during travel: wear a mask, disinfect your hands frequently, and check-in electronically to eliminate interaction at the airport.
So it’s good to know: nearly all aircraft today have very advanced air filters that trap 99.99 per cent of the pollutants, even viruses like COVID-19. The cabin air is often supplemented with new fresh air from outside every two or three minutes. This ensures that what you breathe on board is the same consistency as you experience in a hospital operating room.
Put it all together and flying remains one of the safest travel alternatives even during COVID-19.
While you must not travel when you are ill, should you experience respiratory symptoms during or after a trip, seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider.
Many governments also provide clear instructions.
What should I do when travelling by Air During Covid-19?
The wearing of a mask is expected by most airlines and is advised by IATA for the whole trip, from entering the airport to travelling and leaving the airport at the destination. In addition, the number of specific steps suggested by the WHO often extends to passengers: Hand-washing with the usage of a hand sanitizer on a daily basis, not touching other individuals, covering coughs and sneezes, preventing transportation when one is ill, and minimizing communication with someone who seems to be ill.
Where can I find information on Wellness on Air Travel?
See these useful resources:
- The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Travel and Health manual, covering cabin air pressure, flight phobia, communicable diseases, and a list of precautions to take while travelling.
- The Health Tips for Airline Travel published by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).