A recent study reveals that a passenger on an international flight was reportedly responsible for infecting 15 other people with COVID-19.
Researchers reportedly used contact tracing to trace infections back to this person, who flew with Vietnam Airlines earlier this year.
Infections occurred on a flight of 217 people on March 1, reports the New York Post. Before boarding the flight, a 27-year-old businesswoman reportedly had a sore throat and cough. She tested positive for coronavirus four days after the flight, according to the study.
The study also showed that 14 other passengers and a crew member on the flight later tested positive for coronavirus as well. During this time period, the airline reportedly did not require passengers to wear face masks.
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Researchers noted that of the other passengers saw the proximity of the seats to a role in the degree of infection, reports Forbes.
“The risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 on board during long flights is real and has the potential to cause large-scale COVID-19 clusters, even in business class-like environments with spacious seats well beyond the established distance used to define close contact with “As long as COVID-19 poses a global pandemic threat in the absence of a good healthcare test, better infection prevention measures on board and arrival investigation procedures are needed to make the flight safe.”
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This study was released when reports emerged of a small cluster of infections tracing back to a March 9 flight from Boston to Hong Kong, during which researchers found that four passengers all became ill with the same strain of virus, suggesting they were infected by the same source. , reports Forbes.
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The studies suggest that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 may arise on long flights. However, both studies examined flights that did not yet require passengers to wear face masks.