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Harvard: Risk Of Virus Infection 'Low' In Airports

Comprehensive report concludes probability of being infected in an airport is very low.


Harvard's Aviation Public Health Initiative (APHI) has issued a comprehensive report on the risk of coronavirus transmission inairports, after completing a "curb-to-curb" study on airportoperations. The report concluded that, overall, the probability of being infected in an airport is very low.

According to APHI, airports have made "consistent and impressive commitments to reduce the risks of disease transmission in their facilities" between passengers, employees, concessionaires, contractors and visitors through layered, interlinked, risk-mitigation strategies that, when used together, effectively can control the risk of exposure.

In response to the report, AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said, "The assessment from Harvard's Aviation Public Health Initiative highlights the numerous, proactive steps and investments that airports across the country have undertaken to mitigate against the risk of transmission and safeguard the health and safety of the traveling public and all who work and travel through the airport environment.

"As public entities, airports are laser-focused on public health and have taken meaningful action to enhance cleaning and sanitization, promote training and education for employees, ensure proper distancing and the use of masks, upgrade ventilation systems, invest in touchless technology, and deploy other innovations to protect traveler and worker health and improve the airport experience. The report makes clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works in all instances given the nature of the virus and the complexity and diversity of airports across the country, but the recommendations and strategies provided will be helpful as airports continue to evaluate and enhance the multiple layers of protection they have deployed."

Reposted from AAAE's Airport Report Today

Learn more about the study: https://npli.sph.harvard.edu/resources-2/aviation-public-health-initiative-aphi/