If 1 Person has a COVID19, Do all passengers on the same flight get it as the air is circulated?
No, it doesn’t work like that.
Air is circulated, somewhat, it is true… through some very, very, very effective filters.
Air doesn’t travel very far in the cabin before being passed out and through those filters.
So airborne stuff doesn’t travel much more than a couple of rows, and maybe four seats sideways.
The real infection hazard is the interior surfaces of the airplane, particularly floors and the bathroom fittings.
So unfortunately, quite a few passengers might pick up the virus on that flight. But not all will be exposed.
Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Not all will get it, but some will.
Aircrafts are FILTHY. They rarely get disinfected – probably only after there actually was an infectious disease outbreak connected to this aircraft. The standard cleaning only spreads the germs around. There is no time in an aircraft turnaround for the proper cleaning.
You can surely grow a very wide range of different becaterial cultures and viruses from a swab of lets say an aircraft table or remote control. The things you would find there are surely more concerning and potentialy deadly then the coronavirus itself. Not meaning to say this virus is a joke, yes it’s bad and scary, but not your only concern in an aircraft.
When I travel, I carry clorox wipes and wipe the hell out of the surfaces I will be in contact with. Coming from an airline professional, furthermore dispatcher who sees the cleaners and what they can do onboard in limited time they’ve got to make the aircraft presentable.
I take special care when flying with my toddler, so that she doesn’t do something crazy like chew the remote or lick the carpet (which I saw other parents allow their kids to do while travelling btw…)
So, yea… many people get sick from the aircraft while traveling, and they usually blame it on the vacation, destination, what not (even though hotels are an excellent place to get infectious diseases from as well), without realizing the reason they’re sick is probably that table, armrest or remote they handled inflight without using sanitizer or disinfecting wipes, and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
by: Andrew McGregor
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