Airport Employees in Keflavík Use Masks

Vala Hafstað

Some employees at Keflavík International Airport have begun using face masks and rubber gloves at work, due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, which has spread from China to more than 20 countries, mbl.is reports. 

Masks are being used among employees at check-in counters, as well as among those at airport stores and restaurants.

Guðjón Helgason, media representative for Isavia, the company that operates the airport, tells Morgunblaðið that health officials have provided staff with masks and other equipment, and whether to use it is up to the employees themselves.

Meanwhile, Landspítali National University Hospital is getting ready for the possibility of receiving patients infected with the novel coronavirus, should it spread to Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports.

Contingency plans are being reviewed, medical staff is being educated, and routes within the hospital are being planned for transporting infected individuals in a way that minimizes the risk of infection. Finally, personal protective equipment is in place: hospital suits, masks, goggles, and more.

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