This post is just a quick note to highlight some of the travel changes in the wake of Covid-19. I flew domestically last month. There were not many changes other than the fact that the airlines required masks and that there was no meal/drink service on board.
I’m flying internationally this week. I’ll update you with more information after my trip. Until then, here are some references to help you navigate travel in the pandemic age.
Don’t plan on flying if you are wearing a mask with an exterior vent valve. Open chin bandanna face coverings are also prohibited.
“What Barnett came up with was that we have about a 1/4300 chance of getting Covid-19 on a full 2-hour flight — that is, about 1 in 4300 passengers will pick up the virus, on average. The odds of getting the virus are about half that, 1/7700, if airlines leave the middle seat empty. He’s posted his results as a not-yet-peer-reviewed preprint.
The odds of dying of a case contracted in flight, he found, are even lower — between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000 — depending on your age and other risk factors. To put that in perspective, those odds are comparable to the average risk of getting a fatal case in a typical two hours on the ground.”
Some interesting predictions about upcoming changes in the airline industry.
These practices seem a bit extreme to me, but if you are truly paranoid about catching the Coronavirus while traveling, here are some ideas that may help.