Saving the Travel Industry with a Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Program

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Nomi Health, a company specializing in helping patients get access to more affordable healthcare, is offering a way to save airlines around the world: Their custom-made COVID-19 testing program. 

But it’s not just any ordinary proposition. The test needs to be affordable for travelers, accurate, rapid in turning around results, and cannot lead to longer wait times in airports. It has also have to be co-ordinated across hotels, airports, and resorts around the world to ensure EVERYONE gets tested while avoiding individuals who try to “cheat” the system. 

Not only will all of this have to be managed by just one entity, but it has to deliver a seamless digital experience which ensures proper record keeping for travel organizations and a seamless traveling experience for the passenger themselves. 

After six months of rigorous testing at the local and state level, Nomi Health believes they have the solution to the problem. On top of combining a PCR nasal-swab test’s accuracy with an antigen test’s rapid turnaround time, the following schedule would have to be implemented:

3-5 days before the flight: Results of PCR test is uploaded by traveler within 3-5 days of embarking on their flight.

Day of the flight: Traveler takes a PCR test at the airport (results available upon landing at destination), and then a rapid antigen test before passing through security (which determines if they can walk through the gate or not).

During the vacation: Every 3-4 days, the traveler will take a rapid antigen test to ensure they are free of COVID-19.

Flying back home: Before hopping on the return plane home, one final rapid test is taken by the traveler to ensure they aren’t bringing COVID-19 back to their country. 

What do YOU think about Nomi Health’s proposed COVID-19 testing program? Is it sustainable for airlines to build and afford this kind of system, or are we far away from making this the international standard across every single airline? 

Reply to this newsletter and share your comments – what you would remove, what you would add, what you would change, and so on!

International Airlines Group Is Only Offering 30% of Flights for Q4 2020

The international airline industry continues to slowly bleed toward an eventual death, with International Airlines Group (IAG) being the latest victim of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. 

Their Q3 2020 results tell you everything you need to know: 

  • Loss: $1.5 billion
  • Revenue: $1.4 billion (83% down from the $8.6 billion reported in Q3 2019)
  • Current cash reserves: $11 billion (due to raising more money earlier this month)

On top of comments that 2023 is when passenger demand will return to pre-2020 levels, these disappointing numbers were enough for shares to drop by 1.24% in yesterday’s trading session. To make matters worse, the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in Europe and the corresponding restrictiveness of local lockdowns will lead to fewer flights being offered. 

When the first wave of COVID-19 happened in Europe, IAG had to reduce their number of available flights by 94%. And going into the final quarter of 2020, only 30% of their flights will be in operation. 

None of this is helped by the 12,000 workers that are set to be laid off, which compromises 33% of the organization’s entire labor force. 

The Busiest Airport in Europe Has Switched from London to Paris

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heathrow Airport in London was the busiest airport in Europe. Yet things have taken a rather upsetting turn for this international hub.

They reported a loss of $1.97 billion as of September and yearly revenue is down by 72% compared to 2019. They have only served 18.97 million passengers to date (69% lower than in September 2019), and will only be able to service 22.6 million people by the end of 2020. In the best-case scenario, 2021 will see 37.1 million people passing through Heathrow Airport. 

Due to the failure on the airport’s end to approve a comprehensive COVID-19 testing regime and the numerous grounded flights, they are no longer the busiest airport in Europe. 

That designation has been transferred to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, which has processed 19.27 million passengers as of September. Unlike their rival in the UK, they were actually able to set up a system for testing passengers who may or may not have COVID-19. 

Unless Heathrow Airport gets a testing protocol up and running before December, their projected numbers for passenger volume might be wishful thinking at best.

Don’t Be Fooled by Instagram Influencers on Private Jets – IT’S ALL FAKE!

Spend an appreciable amount of time on YouTube or Instagram and you’ll see at least one “influencer” brag about their lifestyle from the seat of a luxurious private jet. 

Here’s what you might not immediately deduce from this boasting: All of it is 100% fake and paid for at a discount rate. If you’ve ever wondered why the plane is GROUNDED during all of these show-off sessions, you’re about to find out why. 

For instance, these fake influencers are well aware of a company called FD Photo Studio. For just $34.99 per hour, you can sit in a mock-up of a private jet cabin and pretend you are living the high-roller lifestyle (if you live in Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles). 

They provide everything needed to give off a realistic appearance – artificial window lights, the appearance of an exclusive 4-6 seat charter jet, and the whole nine yards. And the appearance can be completely switched around so unsuspecting viewers don’t figure out what’s happening behind the scenes. 

But if you have had the convenience of actually FLYING in a charter jet, or know somebody who does, you’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars for a single flight. 

Don’t believe everything you see on social media!

Six-Figure Earners Can Work Remotely in the Cayman Islands for Two Years

Anybody who earns less than $100,000 per year can skip to the next story, as this news won’t be relevant to you. Or you can choose to read it and find another reason to boost your money-making capabilities. 

The Cayman Islands has launched a “Global Citizen Concierge Program”, which grants international applicants making at least $100,000 annually a two-year certificate to work remotely. Having finally contained the COVID-19 pandemic at just one death and 239 infections, they can revitalize their tourism industry with well-off nomads seeking new sights. 

(NOTE: If you have kids/dependents and are married, the income barrier is set at $180,000 and $150,000, respectively.)

Criteria for getting approved include an annual $1,469 (+$500 per dependent) fee, proof of health insurance, criminal background check, an official bank letter, and a legitimate passport. You are allowed to enter and leave the Cayman Islands at any time as long as you spend a minimum of 90 days per year on the islands. 

While social distancing restrictions are mostly gone, you will still have to mask up when walking around. One more thing… you’ll also need to subject yourself to two separate COVID-19 tests and a two-week quarantine upon arrival. 

I’m curious to know: If you’re someone making $100k per year, would YOU be willing to work remotely in the Cayman Islands for two years? Why or why not? Reply to this newsletter and let us know about your decision (and why)!

More Curfews and Restrictions for Germany and France

Well, it looks like lockdown conditions for Europe are about to return to how they were in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the ongoing second wave, Germany and France are spending the next 30 days – at minimum – under new restrictions. 

Here’s what will happen in Germany:

  • Bars, restaurants, and the majority of public entertainment will be shut down
  • All football matches will be conducted without any spectators
  • Hair salons, retailers, day care centers, and public schools will operate as normal

Meanwhile, France has decided to implement the following conditions:

  • All bars and restaurants must be closed at 8:45pm (exceptions made for delivery orders only)
  • Travelers outside of the European Union will not be allowed in the city
  • Factories, companies and schools will remain open
  • A new curfew will not allow residents to leave their homes between 8pm and 6am

There’s no way to know for certain if these restrictions will be lifted at the end of November. But based on the numbers (+9 million COVID-19 infections and +257,000 deaths), I think residents of Germany and France should expect things to remain this way for the remainder of 2020.

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