Are Covid tests at airports an efficient solution?

Experts believe that Covid tests introduced at airports are not such an efficient measure to save international holidays. They believe that covid tests should not rule out a 14 day quarantine period. And they come with the explanation.

It’s simple. Even if the person is now declared negative, the virus can evolve over time and appear within 14 days.

As the tourism industry is one of the most affected by coronavirus, it is normal to look for alternatives and solutions to save the summer season. Because in every state things about the number of coronavirus diseases change from day to day, tourists have great uncertainty about whether to travel or not, for fear that they will be quarantined.

For example, a UK travel agency has canceled all holidays to the Spa and Canary Islands until August 4, after the government extended its advice against non-essential travel to Spain and its islands.

Statistics show that the aviation industry fell by 95% compared to the same period last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Basically, the aviation system has reached a deadlock, while revenues are 85% lower than the previous year.

As a result, some airports, such as Heatrow in England, have asked the government for a solution to test passengers quickly so they can continue their economy and flights as little as possible. Otherwise, all airlines and airports are in financial collapse.

In other countries, such as Germany, testing is optional and free at some airports, although over time this may become mandatory. For example, in France the test is mandatory for arrivals from the USA and Brazil.

The approach of the Netherlands is to individualize people who come from specific areas with a high level of coronavirus infections, such as several regions in Spain or the United Kingdom, being encouraged to isolate themselves.

Dr. Hans Kluge, European Regional Director for the World Health Organization, endorsed airport testing as part of general attempts to monitor coronavirus movement, saying testing cannot be wrong, whether in airports or communities.