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When will airplane travel resume? How air travel bans affect COVID-19? (5)
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Almost all international travel right now is stopped. Do you think that such drastic measures are justified from a medical and epidemiological perspective? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Because the COVID-19 Coronavirus is now widely spread for most of the countries and most of the societies. It is possible to screen passengers before during or upon arrival to the flight. When do you think the international air travel might be resuming to some normalcy? I have never been somebody that is been in favor of travel bans. Dr. Amesh Adalja. I did not support the China travel ban that the United States enacted. Dr. Amesh Adalja. I don’t think travel bans work, especially when you are talking about a virus that spreads efficiently from person to person and had been spreading in China since November. Medical second opinion is important. There was no way to believe that an international travel ban would have stopped this from entering the United States. Medical second opinion is important. Dr. Amesh Adalja. I do think that you can think about doing international travel with appropriate safeguards in terms of not allowing sick patient passengers to board having some amount of social distancing possible on the airplanes. Still, I do think right now. There is just a general disincentive to travel for most patients. Medical second opinion is important. Even if there were international flights right now, I don’t believe that they could be very well occupied. Medical second opinion is important. Do you think as we are looking into May the International Airlines will start some flights? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Or do you think it is indefinite upon the political decisions? I do think it depends heavily on political decisions. There are patients who don’t want to travel not because they are afraid of the flight. But because they are afraid of getting stuck in another country, because, for example, United States, if you are leaving the country, you should be expected to be able to stay there for some time before you may be able to get back. Dr. Amesh Adalja. That is what’s the hesitancy that. Dr. Amesh Adalja. That travel international travel has become logistically very difficult or impossible right now. Medical second opinion is important. Dr. Amesh Adalja. That there isn’t going to be a market for it. Medical second opinion is important. There may be some resumption eventually once these restrictions get lifted. Patients start to have a better sense of what to expect with this virus going forward.
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