All Airline Passengers Entering the United States Must Have a Negative Test of 2019 Novel Coronavirus
A test will be required of all passengers prior to departure to the United States — combined with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get tested again up to five days after arrival and stay home for seven days after travel has been completed — is purportedly critical in efficiently helping to slow the introduction and spread of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic within communities in the United States from infections which are related to travel. Even though it will not eliminate all risk, testing prior to departure — with results known and acted upon before travel begins — will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.
Airline passengers will be required to get a viral test for current infection within three days before their flight departs to the United States; and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result — whether a paper copy or an electronic copy — to the airline, or provide documentation of having recovered from 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before any of the passengers board.
If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery — or chooses not to take a test altogether — the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
At the time this article was written, at least 375,124 people — or slightly less than 1.67 percent — have died of the minimum of 22,522,749 confirmed cases in the United States, according to this situation dashboard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — and with an estimated population of 331,002,651 people, that means that greater than 0.11 percent of the population of the United States have died with it.
The population of the world is currently at almost 7.8 billion people. Using the higher statistics from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, that means that slightly greater than 1.17 percent of the population have confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, with slightly greater than 0.025 percent of the population having died with it.
“A more balanced public policy approach is needed—one that is based on testing as a replacement for quarantines so that we can begin addressing the severe side-effects of COVID-19 policies”, according to this official press release from the International Air Transport Association, which quoted Alexandre de Juniac, who is director general and chief executive officer of the trade association for airlines around the world. “Science tells us that travelers will not be a significant factor in community transmission if testing is used effectively. But most governments have tunnel-vision on quarantine and are not at all focused on finding ways to safely re-open borders — or alleviate the self-imposed economic and mental health hardships of the lockdowns.”
…but the data from the aforementioned studies do not mean that all quarantines should end — just many of the ones which are deemed ineffective — nor should all preventative measures of possibly contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus cease and desist during the entire process of traveling by airplane.
Should you be concerned about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
YES. Simply take the proper — and logical — precautions to help both prevent the further spread of this disease and to reduce your chances of contracting it. Stay informed on the latest developments pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Follow advice given by your health care provider, your national and local public health authority, or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
In fact, you should be more concerned about the widespread concern pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, which will likely affect you or impact you more than the virus itself.
Unfortunately, we have media outlets which are obsessed with intentionally scaring the public into a frenzy, politicians who have no idea about what they are talking, people still quarantined around the world, airlines which reduced the number of flights they operate by the thousands, hundreds of hotel and resort properties temporarily shut down, marathons and major events being canceled left and right worldwide, schools closing, people unfairly discriminating against others who may have been exposed to the virus, hand sanitizer and alcohol being quickly wiped off of the shelves in stores, pharmacies inundated with frightened customers, and scams emerging and taking advantage of unsuspecting individuals.
Now that some evidence to the contrary is slowly being released from reliable sources, perhaps we can be smarter about fighting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and eventually end the pandemic once and for all — with sound and reasoned ways of reducing the spread and successfully treating the disease whenever someone contracts it.