ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Crossing Borders Beyond Cities, Nations, and Continents: Impact of International Travel
Pooja Arora1, Sumit Mrig2, Yaser Goldust3, George Kroumpouzos4,5, Ayşe Serap Karadağ6, Lidia Rudnicka7, Hassan Galadari8, Jacek C Szepietowski9, Vito Di Lernia10, Andy Goren11, Martin Kassir12, Mohamad Goldust13
1Department of Dermatology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
2Department of Ear Nose and Throat, Max Smart Super-Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India
3Department of Architecture, University of Mazandaran, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Babolsar, Iran
4Department of Dermatology, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
5Department of Dermatology, Medical School of Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil
6Department of Dermatology and Venereology, İstanbul Medeniyet University School of Medicine, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
7Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
8College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
9Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
10ermatology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Azienda USL-IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy
11Applied Biology, Irvine, California, USA
12Worldwide Laser Institute, Dallas, USA
13Department of Dermatology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2021.21074
Pages : 205-211

The third outbreak of coronavirus in the form of the COVID-19 infection started in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The early and rapid spread of this infection across borders can be largely attributed to international air travel that has become a part of modern globalization. In this article, we analyze the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) along the routes of international travel, both by air and by sea. Pitfalls of various screening methods used at the airports and the importance of optimal aircraft ventilation are discussed. Also, we suggest measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of transmission associated with air travel.

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