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Airline middle seats are COVID risk, CDC says, with caveats – Los Angeles Times

The COVID-19 study’s results may be too late for U.S. travelers. Delta will start selling middle seats again May 1, and the nation’s other airlines already do.

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The risk of being exposed to the coronavirus on an airline flight drops by as much as half when airlines keep middle seats open, a new study published by the U.S. government concludes, but its a safety practice the carriers have abandoned.
The study is the latest to roil the waters on a controversial topic: just how risky it is to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study did not attempt to estimate infection risks, and it was based on modeling done before the pandemic, so it didnt consider…

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