Air travel in the coronavirus era

How safe is it to fly?
Safer than you might think, for an activity that involves strangers congregating for long stretches in a cramped metal tube. “Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights,” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing commercial airlines’ sophisticated air filtration and circulation systems. Airplanes typically refresh their entire air volume every few minutes; recirculated air is pumped through high-efficiency filters that remove 99.97 percent of virus-size particles.


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