Worried Airplane Passengers Wrap Themselves in Full-Body Plastic to Protect Against Coronavirus

Tarrah Gibbons
February 19, 2020 - 1:41 pm
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As panic over the coronavirus outbreak has swept across the world, people remain on high alert.

On a flight in Australia, airplane passengers wrapped themselves in full-body plastic sheets while on board in an effort to keep themselves away from the disease. A fellow passenger on the plane filmed two people who were wrapped head-to-toe in plastic.

She captioned the video, “Currently behind me on the plane. When you super scared of #coronavirus #COVID2019.”

The two were spotted on a flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island off the Australian coast. Australia has confirmed 15 cases of the virus, reported The Daily Mail.

One of the passengers covered himself in translucent plastic, while the person sitting next to him was wearing a pink protective suit.

Australian nationals are allowed to enter the country, but are required to enter a 14-day quarantine if they have recently visited China.

Experts say if you are flying, consider wearing a mask, wash your hands, and keep alcohol-based sanitizer handy. The best seats on a plane to steer clear of germs is actually a window seat or first class.

The outbreak started in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has since continued to spread to various locations worldwide. Patients confirmed with the 2019-nCoV infection have mild to severe respiratory illness, reported the CDC.

Symptoms can include shortness of breath, cough, and fever. The symptoms of the illness may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after the person has contracted the illness.

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