The coronavirus pandemic has shut the world down and changed many eating habits. Thus, many people have chosen not to travel by plane, but a recent study shows that the risk of exposure to Covid-19 is very low.
According to a study by the US Department of Defense, the risk of coronavirus exposure in aircraft is very low. Specifically, experts have established that when a passenger wears a mask, on average 0.003% of expired air particles in his breathing area are infectious, even when each seat is occupied.
The test assumed that only one person on the plane was infected and did not simulate the effects of the passenger’s movements on the plane.
Covid-19 Aircraft Research
The study, conducted onboard Boeing 777 and Boeing 767 aircraft belonging to United Airlines, shows that the masks minimize exposure to infection when someone coughs, even when neighboring places are occupied.
Also, approximately 99.99% of the particles were removed/filtered from the cabin in six minutes due to the rapid air circulation, due to the top-down ventilation, and the filtration system in the ship.
“These results … mean that the risk of exposure to Covid in a United aircraft is almost non-existent, even if the ship is full,” said Toby Enqvist of United Airlines.
The same study also showed that for a passenger to become infected, he would have to fly for 54 hours with a person with Covid-19.
This research was conducted over six months, during which time 300 tests were performed during cloud flights of 38 hours and 45 hours of ground testing.
The research was also done by releasing particles of the same size as the new coronavirus along with the entire cabin in sections, each with 42 sensors representing the other passengers who could come in contact with the particles.
Each test released 180 million particles – the number of particles that could be produced by thousands of bouts of coughing.
How to distinguish cold and flu from coronavirus
Infections with the new coronavirus continue to spread from day to day, but now there is also the danger of developing a cold or flu, which is why we suggest you find out what the differences are between the three diseases.
According to the BBC, people infected with the new coronavirus will experience certain specific symptoms, such as fever over 38-40 degrees, persistent cough, but also loss or change in smell or taste. That’s why doctors recommend having a thermometer in the house to measure your temperature whenever you feel too hot.
Coughing, on the other hand, can be a common symptom for both the flu and coronavirus. There are, however, differences between the two. Specifically, if you cough and experience a sore throat or runny nose, you most likely have a cold.
In the case of the flu, the cough suddenly sets in and is accompanied by muscle aches, chills, headache, or sore throat, but also severe fatigue.
On the other hand, coronavirus patients can develop a strong cough, and the episodes can last up to an hour.
Also, the loss of smell or taste occurs only in the case of coronavirus, which is why you should schedule an immediate test.
Sneezing, on the other hand, can be a symptom of a cold. This sign can only worry you when you have a fever or have already lost your taste or smell.
People who have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus may develop other symptoms, such as headaches, nasal congestion, sore throat, lack of taste and smell, or diarrhea.
To avoid the spread of coronavirus, choose to wash your hands regularly, wear a face mask in crowded areas or where it is imposed, and keep your social distance.
Covid-19, a long-term disease. What happens to people who do not recover from coronavirus in two weeks
The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to spread rapidly among people of all ages, but some people have been experiencing symptoms for more than two weeks, and experts warn that they could face very serious health problems.
According to a report by the National Institute for Health Research, people who have been experiencing symptoms of coronavirus for more than two weeks are not considered by medical staff and do not receive medical care as they should, which is totally wrong.
Many people with moderate forms of coronavirus recover in no more than two weeks, maybe even three. Others, on the other hand, at least in the UK, experience symptoms for a longer period of time. They are also at risk of developing complications, such as breathing problems, neurological or heart problems, but also kidney problems.
In people with more severe forms of coronavirus, they may experience serious health problems, such as permanent damage to the lungs and heart, increased fatigue, or maybe left with coronavirus symptoms. They occur either in people who have been in the hospital for a longer period or in those who have had a moderate form of coronavirus or have never been tested.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that, for some people, Covid-19 is a long-term disease,” the report said.
According to the BBC, an example, in this case, is Jo House, a lecturer at the University of Bristol, who has not returned to work for more than six months since becoming infected. At first, he faced a persistent cough and breathing problems, and then he began to suffer from chronic fatigue, headaches, and it all culminated in heart problems and muscle aches.