How safe is flying with the omicron variant surging?

Naomi Kresge and Charlotte Ryan

How safe is it to fly in the age of COVID-19? The question has been the subject of debate for almost two years. The airline industry has argued that the risk to passengers is very low; independent researchers have tended to say that it’s not high, while stipulating that it’s impossible to assess with real accuracy. Whatever the odds of getting infected by the coronavirus on a plane, they’ve grown worse with the spread of the omicron variant.

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