PANDEMICS ARE HERE TO STAY - SO ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES
The COVID-19 pandemic has been and will remain costly, with experts predicting it may be with us for at least 10 years. During that timeframe, other virus and flu strains likely will emerge, exacerbating the need for travel solutions that help stop their spread.
According to the University of Cambridge (England), the global economy could take a hit of some $82 trillion over the next five years in a worst-case scenario from the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that if the recovery is faster, an "optimistic loss" of $3.3 trillion is likely.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not a panacea. Ugar Sahin, BioNTech CEO, the deadly virus is going to stay with us for the next decade at least.
With more than 17,500 commercial airports globally serving more than 925 million passengers on nearly 39 million flights in 2019, and with each passenger carrying one or two pieces of luggage onto planes annually, air travel remains one of the most vulnerable means for spreading airborne infectious diseases.
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