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Air Bridges and flying safely

As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to ravage the globe at an ever-increasing pace, there is at least some good news on the horizon: The rate of infection is under control within much of the EU. The 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 population is 3 in Ireland, and under 20 in 21 of the member states. The outliers are Sweden (113 infections per 100 000),  Luxembourg (83),  Portugal (46),  Bulgaria (30), and Romania (28). (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea)

This raises the possibility that travel within most of the EU on the proposed "air bridges" could be relatively safe, but there is one fly in the ointment: Social distancing at airports is difficult, and impossible when 200 passengers are packed into a plane with much of the same air being re-circulated within the plane.

For a long time the WHO has discounted the importance of `aerosol' or airborne virus transmission, focusing instead on transmission via respiratory droplets that are caused by people simply breathing or coughing and sneezing, a problem which can be largely curtailed by using facemasks. However, a recent letter by 239 scientists has challenged this belief, citing increasing evidence of airborne transmission over quite long distances.

There is however a technical solution to this problem. An Irish company, Novaerus, supported by Enterprise Ireland, has developed a patented, compact, ultra-low energy plasma technology which kills 99.9% of viruses in the air.

Instead of complaining about restrictions on air travel, would Michael O'Leary not be better employed investigating this technology and installing it on his aircraft? Many of us have experienced catching bugs and sniffles after flying on commercial airliners even in pre-covid times and would greatly appreciate having cleaner, virus free air to breath while travelling.

It might even give Ryanair a competitive advantage on other airlines and promote an image of caring for its customers, or would that be a bridge too far for Mr. O'Leary?



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 03:42:36 PM EST
    Decontamination Plasma Discharge Patent WO2011123512A1

    The escalating threat of airborne biologic and bioterrorism agents present a need for robust technologies and methods to mitigate the spread of airborne contaminants. The avian flu pandemic, the 1976 Legionnaires outbreak in Philadelphia, and the 2001 anthrax terrorism in the United States demonstrate the ability to rapidly spread biologic contaminants through ventilation systems.

by Oui on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 04:09:49 PM EST
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The problem with bio-weapons is the total lack of control once released into the bio-sphere.  The pathogens are just as likely to kill off your own people as the enemy.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 02:33:18 AM EST
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This may not be a problem for the elites who make these decisions. Witness WWI where people were marched into machine gun fire on both sides to relieve the pressures of popular unrest on ruling elites. A bit of population control may be the required political medication from an elite POV.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 05:57:48 AM EST
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A rather good simulation of Bio-warfare is being played out right now with the Covid-19 Pandemic.  

We will have to see how many of the 1% end up dead, suffocating in their own lung fluids and bleeding through-out their bodies.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 02:25:52 AM EST
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