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

Arora P., Mrig S., Goldust Y., Kroumpouzos G., KARADAĞ A. S. , Rudnicka L., ...More

BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.38, no.4, pp.205-211, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/balkanmedj.2021.21074
  • Title of Journal : BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-211


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.