Rouhbakhsh Weighs in on Masking While Traveling, Travel Mask Mandates
On Wednesday, April 20, shortly after the demise of the travel mask mandate, Rambod A. Rouhbakhsh, MD, met with reporters to illustrate the reasons travelers should consider masking on planes and public transit.
Rouhbakhsh said while an airplane’s air circulation is quite good, it’s still not perfect; and “you probably are exposed to the air of the rows directly in front or behind you.”
Not to mention that passengers still have to navigate the airport before actually getting on the plane. Even when onboard, the ventilation systems may not be fully running until the plane is in flight.
“There’s a lot that goes on before you get onto that airplane and before the air starts circulating, including that narrow little hallway that everybody walks down and that, of course, is not even air-conditioned let alone air circulating,” Rouhbakhsh added. “And then you sit on the plane and depending on how long it takes before air starts circulating, there’s that risk as well.”
Rouhbakhsh concluded that even though masks are no longer required on planes and public transportation, it doesn’t mean a person shouldn’t.
“The safest thing to do always is to wear a mask,” Rouhbakhsh said.
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