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Volume 26, Number 11—November 2020

Transmission of SARS-CoV 2 During Long-Haul Flight

Nguyen Cong Khanh1, Pham Quang Thai1, Ha-Linh Quach, Ngoc-Anh Hoang Thi, Phung Cong Dinh, Tran Nhu Duong, Le Thi Quynh Mai, Ngu Duy Nghia, Tran Anh Tu, La Ngoc Quang, Tran Dai Quang, Trong-Tai NguyenComments to Author , Florian Vogt2, and Dang Duc Anh2
Author affiliations: National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Hanoi, Vietnam (N.C. Khanh, P.Q. Thai, H.-L. Quach, N.-A.H. Thi, T.N. Duong, L.T.Q. Mai, N.D. Nghia, T.A. Tu, D.D. Anh); Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi (P.Q. Thai, T.-T. Nguyen); Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (H.-L. Quach, N.-A. H. Thi, F. Vogt); Ministry of Science and Technology, Hanoi (P.C. Dinh); Ha Noi University of Public Health, Hanoi (L.N. Quang); Ministry of Health, Hanoi (T.D. Quang)

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Table 1

Descriptive epidemiology for 217 passengers and crew on Vietnam Airlines flight 54 from London, UK, to Hanoi, Vietnam, March 2, 2020*

Passenger/crew information Positive for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR, no. (%)† Negative for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR, no. (%)
Total 16 (7.4) 201 (92.6)
Age, y
<18 0 3 (2)
18-49 3 (19) 89 (44)
50-64 4 (25) 80 (40)
9 (56)
29 (14)
M 9 (56) 98 (49)
7 (44)
103 (51)
British 12 (75) 133 (66)
Vietnamese 3 (19) 31 (15)
1 (6)
37 (18)
Seating location
Business class 13 (81) 8 (4)
Premium economy class 0 35 (17)
Economy class 2 (13) 143 (71)
Crew members 1 (6) 15 (8)

*Median age, y (interquartile range) was 63.5 (56.0–67.5) for those who were SARS-CoV-2 positive and 51.5 (32.0–60.0) for those who were SARS-CoV-2 negative. SARS-CoV-2, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
†including the probable index case.

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1These first authors contributed equally to this article.

2These last authors contributed equally to this article.

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