Almost a year ago, one of the busiest airports in the world- Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi had a deserted look brought about by the coronavirus. A year later, the airport has terminated operations on terminal 2 as a result of the reduced number of flights due to the second wave, which is turning out to be more deadly than the previous one.
The air travel industry has witnessed significant changes since the pandemic, even as two things remain constant - the threat from the virus and the effort to ensure a safer surrounding. While leisure travel has taken a halt, air travel still remains unavoidable for some - many people are returning home amid the second wave-to be with their families during these times or for other personal or family health emergencies
Cases reported on air travel spread have been minimal due to which flights are being considered as a safer travelling option, however, it is always good for travellers to be extra cautious and look out for their own safety and practice precautions while boarding a flight. While it is imperative to mask up, regularly sanitise and avoid unnecessary contact with people and surfaces, there are other things as well to keep in mind while taking a flight.
With the current safety concerns set to stay for the foreseeable future, EaseMyTrip.com shares with IANSlife list of precautions that a passenger should keep in mind while travelling by air.
Double Mask up for Maximum Protection
With the second wave of coronavirus spreading ferociously, people have realised the importance of doubling up the protection. Is double mask safer than a single mask? Indeed, studies done by Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that double masking can reduce one's exposure to the virus by up to 95 per cent. The CDC recommends layering a cloth mask over a surgical mask. Avoid combinations such as two surgical masks, or a K95/N95 and any other mask.
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Minimal Contact Clothing
Such testing times require cautious approach even while choosing your outfit for air travel. It is advisable to cover your body as much as possible, so track suits are a good option. Travellers should also avoid wearing open toed shoes to ensure minimal contact. Wearing goggles can also add a protective layer for your eyes. It is also advisable to wear socks so that your bare feet don't touch the airport floor during security check.
Reduce, Disinfect Your Baggage
The more the merrier? This saying has gone for a toss, at least while travelling during the Covid crisis. Despite safety protocols in place, your bag will pass through several channels and people from check-in to the final destination. It is advisable to check-in fewer bags. In the event that reducing the baggage is unavoidable, it should be thoroughly cleaned using disinfectant wipes after the journey. Apply sanitizing gel to a tissue and make sure to wipe the handles and bottom of the luggage.
Edging Towards the Window Seat
A window seat could come with an extra jab of protection owing to the less exposure and movement of passengers, and thus avoiding unnecessary contact. A person sitting in the window seat will essentially reduce the number of people within your 6-foot exposure radius by half. An aisle seat should be avoided as travellers tend to visit washrooms, touch surfaces and walk by, increasing one's exposure to the virus. So make sure that you book your ticket and seat way in advance from a travel portal such as EaseMyTrip.com.
Maintaining Distance and Hygiene Over the Course of The Journey
It is difficult to give up on a sip or two of water throughout the course of the journey. With Covid around, it is advisable to carry your own bottle to minimise contact with people, which is a possibility at the point of sale. While there is very little you can do on the plane to maintain distance, ensure that you keep your distance from people in the terminal. Walk around the terminal while you're waiting for your flight as the seating area could be a point of infection. It is also advisable to clean and use disinfectant wipes for surfaces such as the tray table or in-flight entertainment systems that you will be using in the flight. Similarly, precautions should be taken while accessing washrooms at airports and on flights, including using elbows to open the doors. It is advisable to stay away from washrooms that are crowded.
While it may not be possible to avoid all points of contact, the current global crisis merits a heightened sense of caution, and it is important for travellers to be aware of their surroundings and take all possible necessary precautions from their end to ensure a safe journey. It is also advisable to look up state wise air travel guidelines and notifications listed on https://www.easemytrip.com/covid19-help.html to ensure that one is up to date with all necessary travel and airline information.
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New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday apprised Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of the administration's action plan to battle the possible third wave of Covid in the national capital.During a meeting with Baijal, who also chairs the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Kejriwal presented a blueprint of the preparations being made by the Delhi government to tackle the possible third wave."A state-level task force, more healthcare staff and a special task force for treatment of children are among the Delhi government's action plan to deal with the third wave," the Chief Minister Office (CMO) said in a statement.During the meeting, Kejriwal told Baijal if the third wave hits Delhi, then during normal situation about 37,000 coronavirus cases can emerge per day, whereas if the outbreak is very high, then the count might climb to 45,000."Delhi government is preparing for the management of beds, among others, keeping in mind the normal and worst-case scenario. If there is a possible third wave of Covid and the situation in the national capital becomes extremely distressing, the government is working continuously on how many oxygen beds and ICU beds will be required during that time," CMO said.In view of this, the Delhi government has constituted a committee to enhance and strengthen the health infrastructure of the national capital, including a state level expert committee for mitigation and management of the third wave of Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Besides, a Paediatric task force for management of Covid-19 and treatment of children has also been set up.As per the data provided by the CMO, Delhi has so far installed 32 PSA oxygen plants with capacity of 29.77 MT and 7 PSA oxygen plants with capacity of 5.7 MT will be installed at the end of June. Further, Delhi will also install another 15 PSA oxygen plants with capacity of 18.8 MT July 31 and 10 more PSA plants with capacity of 10.42 MT will be added by end of September this year.--IANSpd/sdr/
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The national capital on Friday reported 165 new Covid-19 cases, while its daily test positivity rate stood at 0.22 per cent, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government.A total of 14 persons succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the national capital's overall death toll to 24,900.During the same time period, 260 people recovered from the disease, taking the national capital's total recoveries to 14,04,688 till date.Delhi presently has 2,445 active cases, of which 698 are under home isolation.A total of 76,480 Covid samples were tested in the last 24 hours, including 53,724 through RT-PCR and 22,756 through Rapid Antigen method.Delhi, which had been under strict lockdown since April 19 due to the unprecedented surge in Covid cases during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, has started reopening gradually since the last three weeks.--IANSpd/arm
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The Trained Nurses' Association of India (TNAI) has appealed to the Delhi government to recruit only those people who have completed their nursing training, instead of Class XII pass out, for the specialised jobs, in view of the possible third wave of Covid pandemic.The association said there are many unemployed nurses in Delhi and therefore it is suggested to give appointment only to the nursing personnel with proper salary and working conditions. TNAI in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday has opposed the Delhi government's recently proposed plan to provide training to youth as Community Nursing to strengthen manpower in hospitals in the wake of possible third wave of the pandemic."You cannot expect an 18-year-old, just a Class 12 pass out selected on 'first come-first served' basis to perform such skilled tasks as administering medicines, injections, vaccination, sample collection and catheterisation after just two weeks training. In fact we may play havoc with the people's health if such perfunctory trained persons are asked to do specialised jobs," said TNAI.The association further said that Delhi-NCR is alone a home to 33 colleges and schools of nursing rating BSc Nursing (600), GNM Nurses (600) and ANM (200) and around 1,500 nurses passing every year. Recently, passed out students from these nursing institutions are being equipped properly to perform their tasks.The letter further read, "We kindly request and direct officers to withdraw this proposal immediately. Also we condemn the use of the term 'Nursing' courses which is not approved by the India Nursing Council or the Sate Nursing Council." Earlier, Kejriwal on Wedenesday announced that the Delhi government will provide training to 5,000 youth, who will be working under the direction of doctors and nurses as health assistants in view of a possible third wave of Covid-19. They will be called Community Nursing assistants.Kejriwal also added that these community nursing assistants will be trained in basic nursing, paramedic, lifesaving, first aid and home care, sample collection, oxygen concentrators and cylinder operations, among other things.--IANSpd/sdr/
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Delhi now has adequate Covid vaccines for all categories with fresh supply of Covaxin and Covishield received from the Centre to accelerate the mass vaccination drive in the capital, the ruling AAP said on Wednesday.Presenting the daily health bulletin, party lawmaker Atishi said: "Delhi has received 62,160 doses of Covaxin and 1,73,340 doses of Covishield yesterday (June 15). Adequate vaccine stock is available in Delhi even for the above 45 years age category."She said that Delhi has 2.55 lakh doses available for 18-44 age groups with 6 days stock of Covaxin and 11 days of Covishield.A total of 53,247 doses of vaccines were administered, out of which 28,584 people got the first dose and 24,663 people got the second dose.In Delhi, so far 62,04,209 people have been vaccinated, out of which 14.88 lakh people have received both the doses.Atishi further informed that slots are available starting from Thursday on CoWIN for the 18-44 age group. The youth of Delhi who want to get vaccinated can book a slot through CoWIN and get the vaccine, she added.Atishi also said: "If a regular supply of vaccines for the youth between 18 to 44 is not initiated, the hesitancy in those above 45 will continue to persist. Hence, the only way to remove the hesitation of people above 45 years of age is to vaccinate the youth. When the youth go to get themselves vaccinated, they will also bring their family members for vaccination." --IANSpd/vd
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) The national capital on Wednesday reported 212 new Covid-19 cases while its daily test positivity rate stood at 0.27 per cent, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government.A total of 25 persons succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the national capital's overall death toll to 24,876.Continuing the trend, daily recoveries again outnumbered the tally of new cases by a fair margin, as 516 people recovered from the disease on Wednesday, taking the national capital's total number of recoveries to 14, 04,085.Delhi presently has 2,749 active cases, of which 781 are under home isolation.A total of 77,891 Covid samples were tested in the last 24 hours, including 55,417 through RT-PCR and 28,585 through Rapid Antigen tests.Delhi, which had been under strict lockdown since April 19 due to the unprecedented surge in Covid cases during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, has started reopening gradually since the last three weeks.From last Monday, all public activities have been allowed along with markets, malls and government and private offices with certain restrictions.In view of a possible third wave of the pandemic, the Delhi government has also started augmenting the health infrastructure in the government-run hospitals.--IANSpd/arm