- Flight attendants and other airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population, despite spending time in transit and in small, enclosed spaces.
- The data suggest that the various safety protocols airlines have adopted during the coronavirus pandemic are effective, according to airline executives and labor groups.
- However, that alone likely won’t be enough to convince people to start traveling again.
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The novel coronavirus spreads when people are in close quarters for extended periods of time, breathing the same air, with little space between them. So you might expect airplanes to be the perfect environment for the transmission.
But some surprising data from airline workers show that is not the case. In fact, flight attendants and other airline workers have had a lower incidence of…