The coronavirus pandemic has a negative impact on the world and on all industries, but among the most affected are the industries in the tourism sector. Countries with severe impacts have closed their borders, and airlines have been severely affected by the economic effects of various blockade measures around the world.
But what will happen after the pandemic ends? How will the world resume its activity in the field of air travel? According to speculation, air traffic may not be as dangerous from the point of view of the spread of coronavirus, but it is still important to take all precautions.
For example, according to a study conducted in Wuhan, the spread of the virus by air could also take place through air conditioners, which filter the air and spread it throughout the room, which is further inhaled by passengers. However, the respiratory droplets remain in the air for a short time and travel very short distances.
Also, most aircraft have ventilation systems with HEPA filter, which is supposed to capture 99.97% of particles. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency also said that HEPA filters work well to stop particles the size of SARS-Cov-2 virus. Therefore, the air circulated in an aircraft would be even safer and cleaner than in an office building, for example or in a hospital. Basically, by filtering the air, it is changed up to 20-30 times per hour.
However, it is recommended to maintain proper hygiene and to avoid contact with passengers who notice coughing or sneezing. Of course, it is recommended to use a protective mask to minimize contact.
For now, however, it remains to be seen what will happen in the near future, when flights can be resumed and what precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.