If you have to travel at the moment, you’re likely worried about what will happen if someone on your plane comes down with the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Airlines and ground authorities are, however, prepared for that.
As the coronavirus has spread around the world, we’ve seen numerous passengers turn out to have had COVID-19 while travelling. Airlines have plans for if someone falls sick while on the plane, with COVID-19 style symptoms.
If someone starts showing symptoms on the plane, so you should follow these things:-
– Minimize contact between passengers and cabin crew and the sick person. If possible, separate the sick person from others (by a distance of 2 meters or 6 feet, ideally) and designate one crew member to serve the sick person. Offer a facemask, if available and if the sick person can tolerate it.
– If a facemask is not available or cannot be tolerated, ask the sick person to cover their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing. Do try to remain calm: this is a stressful time for everyone.
– What happens next will depend on where the airplane landed. It’s likely that you’ll be directed to self-isolate, or possibly brought to isolation by the authorities at your destination for fourteen days, given the incubation period of this coronavirus. You may or may not be tested for the virus yourself at this stage.