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Woman dies from Covid-19 on commercial airline flight

It is unclear whether the woman knew she had the coronavirus.

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A Texas woman in her 30s died of Covid-19 while on a commercial jet flight in the US, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Although the death happened in July, the news has only just been released and details of the case are still sketchy. For confidentiality reasons, the woman’s identity, the airline she was travelling on and other details have not been released.

A spokeswoman for Albuquerque International Airport in New Mexico said the woman was on a flight from Las Vegas to Dallas when cabin crew and passengers were alarmed by an “unresponsive female” in her seat.

After being unable to resuscitate her, the flight was diverted to Albuquerque, and the woman was found to be dead when the plane landed.

Staff treated the situation as a typical medical emergency and were unaware until later that the woman had Covid-19. It is unclear whether the woman knew she had the illness.

“The woman’s relative youth is a reminder that there is no age restriction in Covid,” a Dallas judge involved in the case said. “I strongly encourage people to not think they’re invincible to Covid because they don’t think they’re in a high-risk category.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that there are now more young people than older adults contracting Covid-19, marking a shift from the start of the pandemic. A CDC report stated that between June and August 2020, Covid-19 cases were highest in adults ages 20 to 29, who made up more than 20% of confirmed cases.

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