The procedure to make sure that astronauts do not spread the virus to the International Space Station is under review as NASA endorses tactics to assist in lessening the COVID-19 spread.
Governments, together with agencies around the globe, have been endorsing measures intended to curb the novel Coronavirus spread; the rules comprise of quarantine and social distancing for individuals who sense that they might have exposed to the deadly disease. However, these procedures are not new territory for the astronauts of NASA, who take the measures in preparing for close-quarter, isolated living that might last for a period of six months or longer.
NASA, together with its international associates, mandate that spacefarers should quarantine for a period of two weeks before hurling into space. They do make sure that they do not get sick or incubate the virus when they arrive at the orbiting lab.
As NASA’s Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean clarified to Space.com through an email, the procedure is dubbed “health stabilization.”
The process is especially significant for astronauts since day to day microgravity living might affect the immune system.
Dean confirmed that currently, there are no astronauts nearly enough to their launch for average prelaunch quarantine. The next crew that comprises of NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, Ivan Vagner, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, is set to send off on April 9.
Dean stated that beyond the usual spaceflight health procedures, NASA is “closely adhering” to the recommendations of infection-control prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fight the Coronavirus spread.
He added that the procedures included cleaning of the surfaces, emphasizing hand hygiene, social distancing, encouraging the infected team members of NASA to stay home, and reducing contact with the crew members.
There are adjustments in place in stabilizing health following the Coronavirus outbreak. Space Agency, together with its counterparts, is on the lead in making sure the Coronavirus crisis is under management. Russian Space Agency made suggestions of ensuring the quarantine period lengthened ahead of an anticipated April launch.
Kirk Shireman, who is the International Space Station program manager at NASA, confirmed to SpaceNews that they expect them to acquire extra measures to ensure that quarantine is a bit tighter. He added that they prepared to deal with it if at all it ensues.