The end of empty seats on Canada’s airlines

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In an email, Air Canada explained to me the end of seat blocking this way: “Even if we all want a single measure that reduces risk, we still have to use a combination of approaches to mitigate risk as much as possible.”

He added: “It is very important that people understand the efficiency of the ventilation of planes to refresh the air regularly on board every 2 to 3 minutes, which is the main reason why there has been no reports of epidemic clusters on board flights. “

But scientists, public health officials, and doctors seem less enthusiastic about returning to jampacked huts and, moreover, moving large numbers of people across the country.

“From a public health perspective, physical distance is one of the main public health measures,” said Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada at a press conference when ‘He was asked about the new airline plan. “Physical distance is our recommendation. “

Dr. David N. Fisman, epidemiologist at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, agreed that several measures can lead to better overall infection control and added that he was surprised by the lack epidemics grouped around thefts.

“That said, at the end of the day, proximity and overcrowding are important factors in facilitating the transmission of disease, so maintain as much space as possible between individuals and require masks when space cannot be maintained seems to me to make perfect sense, “he said. “I can’t imagine that planes have magic properties that make droplet transmission difficult if people are huddled together. “

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