Airlines reported that there was not even one carriage of the coronavirus coronavirus (Cov) in one hundred and sixty passengers. It seems that everything the media is telling us about the pandemic spreading across Asia isn’t quite right. Cathay Pacific is reporting that in January and February 7 percent of its passengers came from the three most affected countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. In the most affected country in February more than 5 percent of passengers came from the three countries. From April to December of last year 11 percent of passengers came from the three countries.

Airlines based their report on testing passengers’ blood to see if they have been exposed to one of these three agents: Cervarix is a type A Cervvirus, encephalitis is a type B Cervvirus and ciprofloxacin is a type C Cervivirus. The causative agent has not been identified. There is, however, a Cervical Rapid-Rapid Antibody Test (CRATA) which can test a person for whether he/she has had this type of antigens. Unfortunately, CRATA will not detect an agent which has not been found yet and therefore does not help assess the risk of human exposure. We should expect these numbers to drop as a result of reporting protocols.

What this means is that 99 percent of passengers worldwide are not at risk. The 1 percent that are exposed should not report to the airlines since it would not be reasonable to believe that the balance would be affected negatively. We will find out the rate of infection in Indonesia when data become available.