2020 has been completely under the control of coronavirus. Now there has been another alarming threat of a new variant of SARS COVID -19 was found in United Kingdom. Due to the raise of this new strain of corona virus which has been found as virulent more than the former, other countries like Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and lot more European countries as well as Asian countries banned the international flights from United Kingdom. Various researches are being carried out to study the genomic sequence of this new variant and finding out the possibility of creating vaccine.
Travelling through bus, car or flight may expose us into the outside world. Especially while travelling in flight, every passenger is advised to carry a report stating the result of viral attack with them mandatorily as they are moving from one country to another country. The test taken should be on or before 72 days prior to travel. If the passenger feels symptomatic he should avoid the journey in order to eliminate the spread of virus. The use of public transport also leads to increase in number of virus threat. While using their own vehicle will minimize the chance of contact with people in case the person might be infected.
Even strict restrictions have been followed while travelling in flight. Everyone is instructed to wear mask throughout journey. A person can be affected by COVID during travel is very, very low. However various surveys and studies are under process in order to declare the result of catching COVID during travel. A study conducted by USA states that dummy had been placed in an airplane consisting of sensors and various equipment which are used to note down the various actions done by traveler was been depicted by the dummy.
In case of sneezing or coughing, the air craft ventilation system captures the aerosols approximately 99.99 percent of minute particles were trapped in this ventilation system. This study is conducted under a condition that only one person is infected and all other person other than infected are wearing mask. It is not an exact scenario. However it came with the result that one can travel with an infected person in flight for nearly 54 hours. The study also clearly explains that it is very difficult to predict the behavior of individuals. Considering this there is very less possibility of getting infected as only 44 COVID cases have been reported and more than one billion passengers had been travelled throughout this year.
Another case study proves that 11 people out of 325 people were infected by one person on five hour journey from Singapore to China. The reason behind it was the man who was infected had not been wearing mask throughout the journey. In addition to this one more repot states that an infected couple who had been travelled from China to Canada with 350 passengers. As the couple wore mask there were no chance of getting infected. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) states that nearly 1100 passengers might have a chance to get affected because of just one infected person.
In order to reduce the threat of massive spread during travel the ventilation system of the flight is associated with HEPA filters. These filters are capable of removing all kinds of infectious virus as its best. Precautions such as middle seats have to be left empty are being carried out because of the threat reduce by 1 person being infected out of 8000 travelers. As persons sitting nearby can indulge in face to face conversation and this will definitely increase the infected number.