In a new message from Qantas, the company has reinstated that your risk of catching diseases like Cornavirus is quite low aboard aircraft.
A message from Stephanie Tully, Group Chief Customer Officer:
Travel is an important part of life, helping us stay connected with friends, family and colleagues. At the same time, we know there’s community concern about Coronavirus and public spaces. The wellbeing of our customers and staff is always our highest priority, so we want to explain why you can still fly with confidence.
Qantas has its own team of dedicated medical professionals who have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak. All the decisions we make are guided by their advice and the advice of authorities including the World Health Organisation and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.
We know that because of high cleaning standards and hospital-grade air filtration systems, the risk of catching a virus on an aircraft is low. Inflight transmissions have not been a feature of this outbreak.
As the US Centres for Disease Control says, “the cabin air environment is not conducive to the spread of most infectious diseases”.
Every part of the Qantas team across our Australian and international network is committed to your wellbeing when you fly. We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.
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A message from Dr Russell Brown:
We know there’s a high level of community concern, but the risk of catching Coronavirus on an aircraft is low. We’re continuing to take all the necessary precautions to protect our customers and people. Medical advice is that it continues to be safe to travel to most destinations around the world, with only a few countries and regions currently subjected to suggested precautions. There’s no need to make any changes to your regular routine beyond increased hand hygiene.
Every part of the Qantas team across our Australian and international network is committed to looking after your health, and we’re continuing to take all the necessary precautions to protect our customers and people.