I’ve spent my fair share of time commuting on the big orange and green planes in South Africa.
Flying in summer is a pleasure.
Flying in winter is another ball game.
That’s because it’s highly likely that more than 10% of the passengers in winter are infected with some strain of flu – coughing, sneezing and touching in your close proximity.
The risks are fairly high that someone close to you is infectious.
I have always wondered how people can be so inconsiderate to fly – when they are riddled with a heavy bout of flu.
I have asked my pilot friends on how they feel about their own Convid-19 risks – and the normal flu risks in winter.
They say they’re are OK with it – as they sit in an isolated cockpit, protected by state- of- the -art air filtering systems, which also introduce fresh air into the plane every two to three minutes.
The heightened risk lies with the ‘inconsiderate passengers’ who are sneezing, coughing and touching – in close proximity to others.
Well, thank you Covid -19.
You’ve given us all a crash course in health care – by introducing:
A NEW NORM.
And you’ve done us all a few “ flu favours”.
When we do finally get back to flying again, I’m sure airline passengers – and anyone in close proximity to one another in any situation – WILL NOW BE FAR MORE CONSIDERATE.
Covid-19 has sent our medical industry on a near frantic search to find a vaccine, but the cold reality is that Covid-19 has its own form of vaccine:
IT’s CALLED LIFESTYLE BEHAVIORAL CHANGE.
(we have all NOW received THE MESSAGE loud and clear – to practice better daily hygiene and self-isolate if infected)
And it’s working well, as Covid-19 has educated us all on how to become more human – more considerate of others.
No longer are you allowed into public places if you’re displaying signs of infection.
Covid -19 has introduced a new way of doing things – a new future for healthcare – and taught us all a few old school manners.
Rest assured YOU will feel a new kind of pressure if you somehow get to sneak back onto one of the green or orange planes – sneezing and coughing over the passengers around YOU.
Rest assured that you will be scanned at check points.
Flying has forever changed for the better.
Go Great. Go Well.
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