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Modern aircraft ventilation systems aren't spreading viruses, DoD study suggests

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A new Department of Defense study suggests that people don't need to worry about circulating air spreading coronavirus on airplanes.

The study, which was released without peer review, did not take into account other ways that people could catch the virus on aircraft -- including from others coughing or breathing directly on them, from surfaces or from confined spaces such as restrooms.

Another study documenting a case of suspected coronavirus transmission aboard a flight involved a woman who wore an N95 mask throughout her flight except when she used the lavatory.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that "most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes," adding that the lack of social distancing on crowded flights that may require passengers to sit within six feet of others for long periods "may increase your risk of getting Covid-19. "

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