Answer Bank: Tips for COVID-19 protection during flights
By She Jingwei

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed air travel completely. A number of airlines are stepping up precautionary measures in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak that continues to spread around the world. From airlines cutting domestic flights and eliminating onboard amenities to employers putting restrictions on personal and business travel, measures are being taken on all sides of the travel industry to curb the spread of the virus.  

As the global cases of COVID-19 continue to mount, many Chinese living or studying overseas are in fear of the local situation, especially in the U.S. and Europe, due to the severe shortage of face masks and other essential supplies. In view that China has gradually contained the spread of the virus, many of them have considered returning back home.  

However, if you must travel, the following tips are recommended by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you protect yourself and others during flights: 

1. Avoid contact with passengers showing symptoms of illness, such as coughing and shortness of breath.  
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
3. Clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, especially after using the toilet, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. 
4. Wear surgical or N95 masks throughout the flight.   

In light of the ever-evolving situation, taking preventive measures is of great importance to all travelers.