Coronavirus can spread on airline flights, two studies show

CNN covers two new reports about confirmed transmission of the coronavirus on aircraft.

In one of the incidents …

… a couple flew from Boston to Hong Kong in business class on March 9. They both exhibited symptoms after they arrived and were diagnosed with coronavirus. Contact tracing found two flight attendants were also positive for the virus. “The only location where all four persons were in close proximity for an extended period was inside the airplane,” Deborah Watson-Jones of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and colleagues wrote in a second report in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.

Even though airlines point to the air filtering systems on their aircraft, reports like this emphasize the need to wear masks if you need to fly.