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WHO Recommendations For Resuming Flights To China

 

 

The WHO, in declaring an international emergency few week ago, called on countries not to impose unnecessary trade or travel restrictions on China. However, dozens of airlines have suspended flights until the end of April at the latest.

WE compiled a list of some major airlines that have suspended or reduced their flights to mainland China:

North America

  • American Airlines – Flights between Dallas and Los Angeles and mainland China, and between Los Angeles and Hong Kong suspended through April 24; Dallas-Hong Kong routes suspended through April 23
  • United Airlines – Suspended until April 24
  • Delta – Suspended until April 30
  • Air Canada – Suspended until February 29

Asia and Oceania

  • Air Asia – Some flights suspended until February 29
  • All Nippon – Some flights suspended until March 29
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon – 90% reduction in flights
  • Japan Airlines – Some flights suspended until March 28
  • Korean Air – Some flights suspended until the end of March
  • Singapore Airlines and SilkAir – Some flights suspended until March 1
  • Qantas – Suspended until March 29
  • Air New Zealand – Suspended until March 29

Europe and the Middle East

  • Air France – Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended through March 15; Wuhan flights resume March 29
  • British Airways – Suspended until February 29
  • Virgin Atlantic – London-Shanghai flights suspended until March 28
  • Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines – Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 29; other routes until March 28
  • Turkish Airlines – Suspended until the end of February
  • Etihad – Some flights suspended from February 5; service continues to Beijing
  • Emirates – Some flights suspended from February 5; service continues to Beijing
  • Qatar Airways – Suspended until further notice
  • Finnair – Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 29; other routes to March 29
  • KLM – Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended through March 15; other routes through March 28
  • Iberia – Suspended until February 29

Coronavirus has remained “quite a stable virus”, said Sylvie Briand, WHO director of global infectious hazard preparedness. What we may be seeing “is the emergence of a new coronavirus … that could very well become another seasonal pathogen that causes pneumonia,” said infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota. It would be “more than a cold” and less than SARS: “The only other pathogen I can compare it to is seasonal influenza.” The “seasonal” reflects the fact that viruses can’t tolerate high heat and humidity, preferring the cool and dry conditions of winter and spring. That’s why flu, as well as the four coronaviruses, are less prevalent in warm, humid months. If the new coronavirus follows suit, then containment efforts plus the arrival of summer should drive infections to near zero.

Bottom line

According to epidemiologist Dr. Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the World Health Organization, it’s possible that quarantines and travel bans will first halt the outbreak and then eradicate the microbe, and the world will never see 2019-nCoV again. That’s what happened with SARS in 2003.

 

 

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