Just wondering, could airplanes (with their superior air filtration) work as treatment centers?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Count Duckula, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. Count Duckula Registered Member

    Could the thousands of grounded airplanes, with their superior air filtration systems and built-in oxygen supply possibly be used as alternative treatment centers, since hospitals are overcrowded and hospital beds are a dwindling resource?

    Just wondering...
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    Probably not ideal, since there's nothing special about the air supply and oxygen bottles can be provided anywhere.

    But the UK is starting to make use of volunteers from the cabin crew of grounded airlines to help out in the emergency hospitals, as more and more NHS workers go off sick or self-isolate. Cabin crew are trained in first aid procedures etc, have general discipline for operating calmly in emergency conditions and are good with people.
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  5. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    No, but they'll make dandy houses. Once we clearly understand that flying around the world all the time is a bad idea, we can turn airports into villages for homeless people. Line the luggage carts with plastic and fill them with earth for raised vegetable beds. Drill some holes in the tarmac to plant trees.
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  7. geordief Valued Senior Member

    Well this is the first pandemic that has been supercharged by the airline tourism industry.

    Perhaps,if it is a harbinger of more to come and if it cannot be resumed as before until this one is dealt with definitively ,perhaps then it may have to be regulated (ignoring climate change for now) in some kind of a way.

    That might involve a retrenchment ....
  8. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    First one declared, anyway. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-deadly-is-the-coronavirus-compared-to-past-outbreaks
    This one is faster and sneakier than its recent predecessors, but they all ride along with armies, refugees, political junketeers and commercial travelers, consultants, missionaries, goods shipments, and - especially - tourists.
    There will certainly be some changes in the world's economies, as well as operating procedures. It'll be a challenge to re-purpose all those monster cruise ships: we really don't need any more floating casino/ brothels. The hotels are easy to find better uses for.
  9. Luchito Registered Senior Member

    As treatment centers I doubt it, but airplanes are great for being transformed into restaurants.

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  11. Dennis Tate Valued Senior Member

    Here is some more on this general topic.


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