China advises flight attendants to wear nappies for Covid protection

China advises flight attendants to wear nappies for Covid protection

- Flights have been listed among regular environments for spreading of Covid-19

- The aviation industry has been working around the clock to come up with measures that would minimise the risk

- The Chinese aviation authority has advised its flight attendants to start wearing diapers, apparently

- This, according to the authority, would help crew members to avoid visiting lavatories, thus minimising chances of contracting Covid-19

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As the world continues to grapple with ways of containing Covid-19 pandemic, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has come up with new flight guidelines aimed at protecting cabin crew from contracting the viral disease.

While most of the outlined precautionary measures made sense to many, a recommendation requiring flight attendants to wear disposable diapers so as to minimise chances of them contracting the new disease raised eyebrows.

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China advises flight attendants to wear diapers for protection against COVID-19

A plane belonging to China Southern Airline. Photo: China Southern Airlines.
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Avoiding toilets

According to CAAC, by wearing the diapers, the attendants would avoid using lavatories while onboard thus reducing chances of being infected.

In a report filed by CNN, the Chinese aviation authority described the new guidelines contained in its Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Prevention and Control for Airlines, 6h Edition, as the best hygiene practices to carry out on aircraft and in airports.

"Medical masks, double-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers.
"It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks," read the guideline as quoted by CNN.

High risk

Flights have been listed among high risk avenues of contracting Covid-19 and the aviation industry has been working around the clock to minimise the level of exposure.

Bathrooms and lavatories have severally been named as potential areas that often expose crew members and passengers to Covid-19.

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In August, a woman travelling from Italy to South Korea contracted the coronavirus and when a follow-up was done to establish how she was infected, medics learnt the only place she had visited without wearing a mask was the bathroom and as such, it was named as the probable source of her infection.

Two Kenyan pilots

Kenya has so far lost two pilots to Covid-19, the latest being Captain Salah Salim Jeizan, who died on Wednesday, December 2 while receiving treatment in a hospital in London.

The 53-year-old captain had flown to London about a month ago when he diagnosed with Covid-19 and admitted. His death was confirmed by his close friend Ibrahim Johny, who said he grew with him in Nairobi, Kenya.

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