With out hospitals or medical specialists in house, NASA and different house businesses have all the time been involved about astronauts falling sick throughout a mission. To attenuate the probabilities of that, they sometimes spend the 2 weeks earlier than launch in quarantine.
A Covid-19 superspreader occasion on the house station would disrupt operations.
The inside of the house station has a quantity equal to a Boeing 747 jetliner, so there can be house for contaminated crew members to isolate themselves. However house station managers definitely wouldn’t wish to fear in regards to the virus spreading within the station’s perpetually filtered and recycled air.
Throughout a information convention final week, Shane Kimbrough, the NASA astronaut who’s the commander of Crew-2, mentioned all 4 astronauts had obtained Covid vaccinations. “I suppose it went fantastic,” he mentioned. “All of us have somewhat bit completely different reactions, similar to most individuals do. So we’re no completely different in that regard. However we’re grateful that we have now the vaccines.”
The three astronauts who launched in a Soyuz rocket to the station earlier this month — Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian house company and Mark Vande Hei of NASA — have been additionally vaccinated.
The 4 astronauts of the Crew-1 mission are usually not, as a result of no vaccines have been obtainable after they launched final November. After they return to Earth, each human not on the planet might be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.