Boarding a flight? Know the tips, effects & how this deadly coronavirus is taking a jibe on flights routes.
Every year there is drought and flood in different regions of India, Never ending disease in Africa, Storms in the USA, Melting snow is the Antarctic, life taking Fire in Australia, and still we humans are somehow managing to be careless of the changing climate. We are busy reacting to social media when nature is reacting to us.
As soon as the Australian fire went down, the world is in the new terror of the deadly Coronavirus.
From a report it comes into account that more than 85k cases reported, 2,933 deaths and nearly about 40k people recovered this virus is spreading quicker than any other virus in the world.
As a result, the non-essential travel in the Asia-Pacific has been either postponed or cancelled.
Some of the major and busiest international airports are following the safety measures to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus. The virus was found active in various countries and has affected the flight routes in various countries .
India being a neighbor country of China the risk of getting affected with coronavirus becomes high. Thus, there is the cut down of flights to India from China as well as the other countries under high risk.
To control the situation government has announced that “All airlines are informed not to take on board any passenger from China, including Chinese or other foreign nationals who may be holding valid (electronic travel authority) ETA/e-visa to board their aircraft for any destination in India.“
Resulting in a tremendous effect on the economy of major countries and Affecting the Aviation Industry. The airlines have canceled flights from China and it is expected this trend will last till a long time as the demand is going weaker for traveling to Asia. There is a huge fall in air travel as people are canceling the unnecessary travel plans.
People who are still traveling with some specific reason should follow some basic steps to avoid being a victim of coronavirus. Airlines and airports have taken essential steps like by starting a screening process to lessen the chances of getting affected by the novel coronavirus. But, being safe in aircrafts is still your responsibility.
Know how it can spread on a Plane:
The risk of catching any serious viral infection in a flight is low as most flights are equipped with a surgical-grade filter. But the probability is quite high as the person sitting next to you can be infected. Just one sneeze from an infected person can get the virus into you. All that will matter is how close you are sitting or your contact with that person. The shed droplets of saliva, mucus, or other bodily fluids fall on you, you touch them, and then you touch your face you must be aware you can be affected as well.
If you think you are safe when no one is sneezing close to you, it is not true. Respiratory illnesses can also spread from the surfaces upon which the infected droplets fall, like the airplane seats and tray table. It is worse if the flight attendant catches the infection. As they are most mobile during the whole flight and pass by you many times.
Make sure to follow the tips and precautions mentioned below:
- Best and the foremost advice is to take care of a GOOD HAND HYGIENE to protect yourself from the CoronaVirus during a flight
- Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer many times during the flight.
- Notice “cough etiquette” of both yours and the passenger sitting next to you.
- Remember to cough or sneeze into a tissue. Advise the person sitting next to you the same.
- Coughing into your elbow and then immediately cleaning your hands can also be important.
- If the person sitting close to you is unwell on the flight, please bring the matter in the notice of the crew. As they are trained to handle the case. The crew can perform the established procedures to separate that person and reduce risk to others.
- Don’t touch your face, wipe your hands and wash them with water. That’s the most important thing you can do.
- Bring your own disinfectant wipes.
- If you are not feeling well report to the crew immediately.
It is recommended by Foreign Office that potential travellers should check the Indian Bureau of Immigration website for the latest restrictions on traveling in flights to India.
Symptoms of Corona virus:
- Common Cold
- Shortness of Breath
Why is it still safe to travel?
Yes, it is safe to travel India . Many airports in India have introduced additional measures to screen passengers from affected regions. Also, if any positive case occurs, to control the situation authorities have designated a number of hospitals across the country to quarantine any suspected cases of the virus.