Personal Travel Should Not Be Limited

1849 WordsOct 16, 20148 Pages
Infectious diseases are a regular occurrence in health care today, and most of them are easily treatable with the right interventions. Due to the fact that they are treatable, many people don’t seek medical attention until the symptoms are unmanageable or don’t seek medical attention at all and continue on with their daily lives. Some individuals may even continue traveling on planes or trains where large amounts of people are present, in close contact, and interacting with one another. These types of travel allow for easy transmission of infectious diseases to large populations of people with very little effort or interaction. The concept of traveling while being sick with an infectious and communicable disease is a major ethical issue in today’s society. Some believe that personal travel should not be limited because of such a small disease such as influenza while others believe that one should not travel at all if they are sick with a disease, since it allows for others to contract that disease as well. In order to try to satisfy both populations, many airlines may put in place entry or exit screenings which try to limit the spread of diseases from one population to another. The article “Entry and Exit Screening of Airline Travelers During the A(H1N1) 2009 Pandemic: a Retrospective Evaluation” talks of when screenings should be used and whether targeted entry, indiscriminate entry, or exit screenings should have been used specifically in relation to the H1N1 pandemic in
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