- Flights have been listed among regular spreaders of COVID-19 pandemic
- The aviation industry has been working around the clock to come up with measures that would minimise the risk
- China aviation authority has advised its flight attendants to start wearing diapers
- This, according to the authority, would help crew members to avoid visiting lavatories thus minimising chances of contracting COVID-19
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As the world continues to grapple with ways of containing COVID-19 pandemic, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has come up with new flight guidelines aimed at protecting cabin crew from contracting the viral disease.
While most of the outlined precautionary measures made sense to many, a recommendation requiring flight attendants to wear disposable diapers so as to minimise chances of them contracting the new disease raised eyebrows.
According to CAAC, by wearing the diapers, the attendants would avoid using lavatories while onboard thus reducing chances of being infected.
In a report filed by CNN, the Chinese aviation authority described the new guidelines contained in its Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Prevention and Control for Airlines, Sixth Edition, as the best hygiene practices to carry out on aircraft and in airports.
"Medical masks, double-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers."
"It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks," read the guideline as quoted by CNN.
Flights have been listed among high risk avenues of contracting COVID-19 and the aviation industry has been working around the clock to minimise the level of exposure.
Bathrooms and lavatories have severally been named as potential areas that often expose crew members and passengers to COVID-19.
In August, a woman travelling from Italy to South Korea contracted coronavirus and when a follow up was done to establish how she was infected, medics learnt the only place she visited without wearing an N95 mask was the bathroom, as such, it was named as the possible source of her infection.
Two Kenyan pilots
Kenya has so far lost two pilots to COVID-19 the latest being Captain Salah Salim Jeizan who died on Wednesday, December 2, while receiving treatment at a hospital in London.
The 53-year-old captain had flown to London about a month ago when he diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted.
His death was confirmed by his close friend Ibrahim Johny who said he grew with him in Eastleigh, Nairobi county.
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