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COVID-19 spread on plane despite negative test, study says

COVID-19 spread to a number of vacationers on a long-haul flight to New Zealand — seemingly from an contaminated passenger who had examined negative previous to departure, a brand new study says.

The outbreak on the 18-hour flight from Dubai in September additionally occurred despite passengers sporting masks and gloves throughout, based on a report Friday from the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The contaminated traveler had examined negative utilizing a PCR take a look at inside 48 hours of the flight departing and was experiencing no signs.

But later it was decided that 4 different passengers had seemingly turn into contaminated by the traveler whereas on the flight.

“By combining information on disease progression, travel dynamics and genomic analysis, we conclude that at least four in-flight transmission events of SARS-CoV-2 likely took place,” the report stated.

The passengers had been inside 4 rows of 1 different — and examined optimistic throughout the nation’s two-week obligatory quarantine upon touchdown, based on the report.

Passengers in aircraft wait for takeoff.
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Using genetic sequencing, researchers decided that they had the identical pressure of the virus, which was traced to Switzerland, the nation of origin of the suspected preliminary case, the report stated.

Health officers stated it’s unclear whether or not the passengers grew to become contaminated earlier than boarding, in-flight or after deplaning — however the findings nonetheless counsel there’s threat to touring throughout the pandemic.

“This outbreak demonstrates the potential for spread of SARS-CoV-2 linked to air travel,” the report stated.

The information comes as Americans flock to coronavirus testing websites this week forward of travelling and gathering for Thanksgiving — despite warnings from officers and well being consultants {that a} negative take a look at might provide a false sense of safety.


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