By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Flight attendants are highly prone to catch the Coronavirus disease (CoviD-19), a study by the New York Times showed. In fact, the risk factor of flight attendants are almost as high as nurses. The recent study showed which occupations have the highest risk of catching the CoviD-19. The study measured each occupation's exposure to diseases and physical proximity to others.
Out of 100, flight attendants showed a score of 77 in terms of 'exposure to disease' and a 96 in terms of 'proximity to others' over 100. This is nearly comparable to a nurse's 80 in terms of the former, however, the nature of the job of nurses is a pretty obvious reason as to why their score is high.
Airlines continually ensure the safety and health of their cabin crew. They are allowed to wear face masks throughout flights and are also allowed to wear hand gloves at certain portions of a flight. Cabin crew members are also encouraged to disinfect with alcohol-based hand sanitizers more often inside the aircraft and airlines provide them medical checks after flights especially after coming from a country with a high number of CoviD-19 cases.
Flight attendants are also made aware of the risks they face hence, they make sure to boost their immune system and to always take precautionary measures to ensure that they do not contract the virus.
Airlines have also become more strict in terms of checking the health of passengers. Temperatures are checked and for some airlines, passengers are mandated to wear face masks.
To see the whole chart, please do proceed to the NY Times Website.