By: Margaret E. Cooper, Margaret E. Cooper, LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Stats as of the morning of 3/8/2020:
# of cases: 107,722 COVID-19
# of deaths: 3,654
# of recoveries: 60,559
U.S. Deaths: 19
U.S. Confirmed Cases: 437
Fatality rate age (those more likely to contact and not recover from COVID-19): Those over 70 and/or those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, those immunocompromised and those with cancer.
Airplane HEPA filter stats: (Airplane air is recirculated the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.)
Ventilation rate: 20-30x/hr.
Efficiency rate: 99.97%
Amount of air recycled: 50%
“Transmission of infection may occur between passengers who are seated in the same area of an aircraft, usually as a result of the infected individual coughing or sneezing or by touch…”
“…This is no different from any other situation in which people are close to each other, such as on a train or bus or in a theatre.” – WHO website.
The question to ask yourself:
Do I want (myself or my family) to be strapped in a seat for a number of hours next to a potentially infected human?
Know this: Traveling by plane doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease more than another kind of mass transit. If you are already taking mass-transit then your answer is yes. Also – your travel can always be rebooked at a later date!
Disinfect seating area,
Wash hands often,
Avoid touching your face,
Try to avoid people coughing and sneezing.
Bring all necessary documentation including health-insurance cards, hand sanitizer and additional doses of medication.
Refunds for flights (Updated):
United, Delta and JetBlue have waived the fees typically associated with changing or canceling one’s flight because of the coronavirus outbreak. Consumers must have booked directly with the carrier – not through a third-party website such as Expedia to take advantage of fee-cancellation policies.
There is little chance to get more than a refund of a ticket when/if the airline cancels your flight. The airlines’ contracts contain provisions that airlines do not have to compensate above the ticket price where a cancellation is based on something like Coronavirus or something out of their control.
 Passy, Jacob. “Should I cancel my Flight? Will recirculated air on a plane spread coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know before traveling.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-i-cancel-my-flight-will-recirculated-air-on-a-plane-spread-coronavirus-heres-what-you-need-to-know-before-traveling-2020-03-06?mod=article_inline. Accessed 8 March 2020.Share this post on social media