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Re: Vaccination

Explorer C



I try to provide sources and the forum flags my post as spam.


Airplanes have some of the cleanest air of any commercial business. Google "Skyscanner Everything You Need to Know about Airplane Filters and Airplane Cleaning" for a good read. 


If anything, masks on airplanes are probably overboard, and probably unhealthy (or at least the greatest source of you contaminating yourself with some foreign agent) when you consider the air filtration quality vs how poorly people follow proper mask etiquette and protocol (constantly touching their mask, not wearing it properly, not washing it or getting new masks).  Google "Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards?" to read a good article from International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


Oh and if you’re not wearing an N95 (98.4% fitted filtration efficiency) or a surgical mask (71.5% fitted filtration efficiency), then your actual level of “protection” will probably not be as high as you’d think; Google "epa mask ffe" to check out this great study by the EPA.


At the end of the day, if you are afraid to fly because of someone else’s medical choices, then don’t. Whether you are afraid of someone who is unvaccinated or afraid of a pilot who is vaccinated. Come on people. Life is risks. You can always drive… at least for now.