The world renowned Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota, and Delta Air Lines, have announced a strengthening of their relationship in order to make air travel safer in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As it has since the coronavirus became a threat earlier this year, Delta’s CareStandard program was developed to lessen the risk of transmission of the virus during air travel.
The airline, by far the largest carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, has been a world leader in adapting to COVID-19, in the air with complete aircraft cleaning after every flight, and in redesigning its lobby and gate check-in counters in order to minimize interaction between Delta staff and customers. The carrier now also requires all passengers and crew to wear a mask throughout each flight.
The Atlanta-based carrier will closely consult with infectious disease specialists at Mayo in order to mitigate as much risk as possible with the spread of the virus. Specifically, Delta will consult with the Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 testing of their entire workforce, will set up an Integrated Advisory Council for frequent review and reassessment of Delta’s health and safety protocol, and will consult with Mayo’s medical professional’s for guidance about direct customer interaction procedures.