New CDC study offers the strongest evidence yet that COVID-19 can spread in airplanes

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found evidence that asymptomatic carriers could transmit the novel coronavirus to others on airplanes.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, was based on an evacuation flight from Milan to Seoul, South Korea, in late March. Even though every passenger was wearing a N95 mask, one of the passengers was infected during the flight possibly from one of six asymptomatic passengers who was infected with the coronavirus. The passengers did remove their masks to eat and they did share the same bathroom.