CDC: Passenger Might Have Contracted Covid-19 After Using Airplane Toilet

By Kurt Stolz on 30 August 2020
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A female passenger on an evacuation flight from Milan to Seoul in March might have contracted the novel coronavirus by dint of having used the lavatory aboard the aircraft she was on, according to a study published in the open access, peer reviewed journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the strict measures authorities took to contain the spread of the virus during the flight, the passenger contracted the virus, said Sung Hwan Bae, the lead researcher.

“On the flight from Milan, Italy, to South Korea, she wore an N95 mask, except when she used a toilet,” the researchers said in their report, entitled “Asymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on Evacuation Flight,“ referencing the passenger.  “The toilet was shared by passengers sitting nearby, including an asymptomatic patient.  She was seated 3 rows away from the asymptomatic patient.”

“Given that she did not go outside and had self-quarantined for 3 weeks alone at her home in Italy before the flight and did not use public transportation to get to the airport, it is highly likely that her infection was transmitted in the flight via indirect contact with an asymptomatic patient” the researchers concluded.

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