Texas woman died of COVID-19 during July flight in Arizona


A Texas woman in her thirties died of the coronavirus during a commercial flight in July. The woman was pronounced dead on arrival.

A spokesperson for Spirit Airlines told The Washington Post that the airline has offered condolences to the woman's family and that it is confident in its procedures in dealing with the virus.

While it appears to be an extreme case, the woman's death was disclosed as airlines continue to try to convince potential passengers that flying is safe during the pandemic. They only recently learned of her official cause of death, Jenkins said. She was given oxygen, but still died shortly after, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Airport managers in Albuquerque did not learn until later that the woman was infected with the coronavirus, so the case was handled as a typical medical diversion, Kitts said.

But his chief of staff Lauren Trimble confirmed Tuesday evening the county's initial report was incorrect. "Contact took place in Arizona".

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DailyMail.com reached out to both the CDC, New Mexico and Texas health departments and Spirit Airlines for information.

At the same time, Horwitz pointed out that even with this decline, the COVID-19 death rate is "still higher than many infectious diseases, including the flu", and while "I do think this is good news", it "does not make the coronavirus a benign illness".

More than 8.4 million Americans have tested positive for the virus and more than 225,000 have died.

A new U.S. Department of Defense study says the risk of exposure to the coronavirus on flights is low due to passengers wearing face masks and how air in the plane is circulated and filtered.