Affecting the whole world for months, COVID-19 brought many measures and restrictions in daily life. In order to reduce the contamination pace of the global pandemic, borders were closed first and travel prohibitions were implemented. First of all, airline transportation, which is the most frequently used in international travel and has a large share in the expansion of the global pandemic, was stopped. Today, opening of borders, removal of travel restrictions and transportation bans are on the agenda of all international students who will come to Turkey for university education.
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, scientists and healthcare professionals have been struggling with great effort to prevent COVID-19, and sharing positive developments with public to return to normal as soon as possible. Especially students who are away from their home country or plan to go to a different country for education purposes are eagerly waiting the news on the removal of travel bans. Parallel to decreasing number of cases, the normalization process is gradually being passed through around the world. With restrictions being stretched within the country, travel bans are being lifted. Air transportation is planned to be re-opened.
Doctors have long been warning that an infection can turn to a potential disease anywhere. Air transportation network plays a significant role in the global expansion of diseases given that tens of thousands of passengers are in contact with each other. A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that very few people have clean hands at airports, and it is necessary to wash hands frequently to reduce the spread of outbreaks. Experts who calculate the hand washing habit in the world state that 70 percent of people wash hands after using the toilet, however, many of these people do not wash their hands properly, referring the 20 seconds rule. The calculations reveal that only one out of every five people at an airport in the world has clean hands.
In addition, according to a research, the airports where the diseases are contaminated the most have two features: The first is that they are very busy and crowded, and the second is that they have connections with other airports that host many other international flights. Because airports and planes are closed and crowded spaces with masses of dirty hands that are in constant motion. As long-distance aircraft passengers are more mobile during flight, an infected person is more likely to transmit the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the risk of transmission is high for those who sit in two rows of seats in front, behind or next to an infected person on the plane.
While Turkey is one of the countries preferred by international students to live and study, those who will travel to Turkey with the removal of travel bans should pay attention to the following, as the the risk of being infected still continues:
1. Prefer front seats.
2. Try to sit near the window.
3. Carefully clean the arms of the seat you will sit and your service table with disinfectant.
4. Stay away from seats near toilets.
5. Wear a hygienic “mask.”
6. If someone is coughing, sneezing, sneezing, ask them to wear a mask.
7. Strengthen your immunity with chewable probiotic tablets / pellorgonium, elderberry and echinacea extracts, propolis sprays and drops, N acetyl cysteine tablets, vitamin D drops before travel.
8. Make the ventilation button on your seat operational.
9. During the journey, be careful not to touch your mouth or nose and keep your hands clean.
10. Sleep well.