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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-04-18 17:51


>Airlines bank on upgraded services to boost revenue

Passengers board a flight at the Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, Aug 12, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Domestic airlines are taking the brunt of financial pressures caused by the latest resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have launched additional innovative services to stay afloat.

Yet, analysts remain cautious about the extent to which the service can help carriers increase revenues.

Hainan Airlines, China's fourth-largest carrier, launched a service in late March that helps passengers deliver their luggage home. The service is available at Beijing Capital International Airport and Haikou Meilan International Airport.

By ordering the service online, passengers will be able to save the time of waiting for their checked luggage, and they don't have to carry heavy suitcases. It costs at least 85 yuan to deliver one piece of luggage.

For passengers who bought flight tickets for business class, they can get complimentary delivery service for one piece of luggage weighing less than 30 kilograms.


>Biden’s big-spending policies helped fuel inflation

Consumers shop at a grocery store in Washington, D.C., the United States, March 10, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Washington’s multi-trillion-dollar spending habit has driven inflation across the US higher than in most other Western countries, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

A report released by the bank said the US inflation rate spiked higher than other countries in March 2021, shortly after Congress passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

“Fiscal support measures designed to counteract the severity of the pandemic’s economic effect may have contributed to this divergence by raising inflation about 3 percentage points by the end of 2021,” analysts wrote.


>Risk of serious blood clot events spike after COVID-19

Free antigen self-test kits on display in the doorway of a local government building, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, Jan 3, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

New observational research out of Sweden has tracked more than one million COVID-19 cases for months after their acute illness, in order to determine how the disease influences subsequent risk of blood clots.

The findings indicate COVID-19 significantly increases a person’s risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the months after infection.

Factoring in acute disease severity, the researchers found those initially hit hardest with COVID-19 did experience greater long-term risk for blood clotting events.

However, the increased risk was not zero in those experiencing mild COVID.

Those with only a mild infection still showed a three-fold risk of DVT and a seven-fold risk of pulmonary embolism.


>Microplastics found deep in lungs of living people


Microplastic pollution has been discovered lodged deep in the lungs of living people for the first time.

The particles were found in almost all the samples analyzed.

The scientists said microplastic pollution was now ubiquitous across the planet, making human exposure unavoidable and meaning “there is an increasing concern regarding the hazards” to health.

Samples were taken from tissue removed from 13 patients undergoing surgery, and microplastics were found in 11 cases.

The most common particles were polypropylene, used in plastic packaging and pipes, and PET, used in bottles.

People were already known to breathe in the tiny particles, as well as consuming them via food and water.

Workers exposed to high levels of microplastics are also known to have developed disease.


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