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Does coronavirus infection increase in flights?

With the spread of the corona virus, fears of air travel are increasing and many are wondering if they should cancel the flights.

How easily can the corona virus spread on an airplane?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is "very little risk" of contracting a communicable disease on an airplane.
The risk is similar to any other public place.
"It is no different from any other situation where people are close to each other, for example on a train or bus or in a theater," said WHO.
Corona viruses can however be transmitted between passengers in the immediate vicinity of an aircraft.
WHO has stated that this could happen if an infected person coughs, sneezes, or has direct contact with another person.
For this reason, the health authorities advised passengers seated in two rows of a confirmed case of coronavirus to isolate themselves and to consult a doctor in the event of symptoms.
So the air in circulation doesn't matter?
Coronavirus is not believed to spread through the air. Transmission usually occurs when droplets from an infected person enter another person's mouth or nose, including coughing, sneezing, or kissing.
The virus can also spread when people touch an infected surface and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose - because the corona virus can live on surfaces for up to nine days.
Even so, all modern commercial aircraft are equipped with hospital-grade air filters that remove 99% of particles, including bacteria and viruses, from the air, said Dr. Russell Brown, Qantas group medical worker.
These are the same filters as those used in many medical operating rooms.

How can I reduce my risk of developing a coronavirus?

Keeping good hygiene and avoiding facial blemishes are the best precautions if you want to fly.
Virgin Australia said it had masks and hand sanitizers on all flights passengers could request.
WHO recommends postponing the trip if you feel uncomfortable, especially if you have a fever.

Do I have to wear a mask?

The WHO says that you do not have to wear a mask if you are in good health.
However, you should wear one if you are caring for someone suspected of having COVID-19 or if you cough and sneeze.
Virgin Australia made the decision to distribute face masks to all passengers with flu-like symptoms and, if possible, to remove them from other passengers.

Are the planes clean?

Darsh Chapman, Qantas head of regional operations and Australian airport services, said the teams would "step up" their routine cleaning of plane seats, kitchens and toilets.
Disinfectants are used to clean cabin surfaces and accessories, including tray tables and armrests.
Virgin Australia said that "rigorous" cleaning processes were in place and that tray tables, entertainment screens, armrests, shutters and file reading equipment were regularly disinfected.
All Virgin aircraft use a very effective antibacterial cleaning product every night that provides 24 hour antimicrobial protection.

Source /abc