Balkan Medical Journal
Invited Review Article

New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Crossing Borders Beyond Cities, Nations, and Continents: Impact of International Travel


Department of Dermatology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India


Department of Ear Nose and Throat, Max Smart Super-Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India


Department of Architecture, University of Mazandaran, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Babolsar, Iran


Department of Dermatology, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA


Department of Dermatology, Medical School of Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil


Department of Dermatology and Venereology, İstanbul Medeniyet University School of Medicine, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland


College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland


Dermatology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Azienda USL-IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy


Applied Biology, Irvine, California, USA


Worldwide Laser Institute, Dallas, USA


Department of Dermatology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Balkan Medical Journal 2021; 38: 205-211
DOI: 10.5152/balkanmedj.2021.21074
Read: 808 Downloads: 198 Published: 06 July 2021

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.

Cite this article as: Arora P, Mrig S, Goldust Y, et al. New coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) crossing borders beyond cities, nations, and continents: Impact of international travel. Balkan Med J. 2021;38(4):205-211.

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