Flights after quarantine: many people who do not have COVID-19 will not be allowed on the plane
Air travel is now taking place under stringent measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. One of the conditions is thermal screening, but aviation experts warn that checking the temperature can lead to a flight failure for passengers who are not sick with COVID-19, writes Express.
Caircraft, a global healthcare and medical resilience company, says that without a real test it will not be possible to distinguish between actual carriers of coronavirus and anyone with fever for completely different reasons. For example, women with hormonal flushing, people with certain forms of arthritis, or even those taking certain types of medications, may have a fever in the absence of coronavirus.
Caircraft claims that one of the key issues associated with thermal screening as an effective method of screening passengers at the airport is the efficiency and reliability of the mass screening test itself.
“Ideally, this requires that each test subject stops and the sensors are physically focused on the target test area (that is, on the forehead),” Caircraft said. “Trying to get accurate temperature readings from moving passengers and several passengers at the same time can almost certainly lead to incorrect reading of the data and skipping infected passengers.”
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An Express.co.uk correspondent spoke with Dr. Jonathan Sackier, Senior Physician and Member of the Caircraft Advisory Board, to learn more.
“Using thermal screening to detect COVID-19 infection does not have much medical value or value,” Sakier said. “It’s like sifting stones to find gold, and about as reliable - some stones containing gold will be sieved; not all stones left after sifting will contain gold. ”
He continued: “If this is worth using, then as a first step in the testing process, after those people who have been filtered on the screen will be tested specifically for coronavirus. Even better, if airports could carry out fast PCR testing for each outgoing passenger, which provides almost 100 percent accuracy of infection detection and eliminates the need to check arriving passengers and / or quarantine on the “other side”. ”
The second problem, according to Caircraft, is that since thermal shielding identifies common elevated temperatures, the screen is likely to “capture” passengers with temperatures that are not related to coronavirus infection. For example, a woman during menopause who suffers from “hot flashes” or a child with fever due to teething may not be screened, even though they are not infected with coronavirus.
Other “non-infectious” causes of fever include certain autoimmune and inflammatory (rheumatic) disorders, certain types of cancer, side effects of certain medications, and “stressful environmental factors,” such as stress caused by fear of flying.
Problems can arise when these passengers are not allowed to fly, despite the fact that they do not have a coronavirus, which will violate not only their own travel plans, but also the plans of the people with whom they fly.
Unfortunately, it is unclear what passengers could do in such a situation, since many airlines and airport administrations have stated that anyone who does not pass thermal screening will not be allowed to fly.
A possible option may be a specific form of travel cancellation insurance, taking into account possible insured events, one way or another related to the coronavirus.
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