Flying in flu season? How to avoid germs on plane

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-germs-on-plane-20120223,0,3929929.story

    They catch a flight and then a cold.

    The height of South Florida's tourist season is also cold and flu season, meaning thousands of travelers will find themselves nursing runny noses – or worse – within a week or two of stepping off their planes.

    Many will get sick from sitting too close to someone who already is ill or from touching germ-laden surfaces, such as tray tables, overhead bins and lavatory handles. With so many travelers from so many places, some passengers will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms they have no immunity to.


    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-germs-on-plane-20120223,0,3929929.story
     
  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Not a lot of amazing new insights in there, but I have more than once wondered about this one:

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    If you end up next to someone who is ill, ask to change seats;
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    What are your rights as a passenger when the person next to or near you is obviously sick? With airplanes as full as they are these days, asking to change seats isn't going to help in many cases.
     
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    Mouthmasks, clorox cloths and hand sanitizer time!
     
  4. chaz4449

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    It's hard to avoid droplets expelled from cough and sneezing. The best thing you can do is exercise proper hand hygiene, avoid touching your mucus membranes if your hands are not clean, and hope that the "obligatory cougher" (there's one on every flight) who is sharing your recirculated air has either a post-infectious or a smoker's cough.

    And definitely get your flu shot!
     
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    I've wondered about this one too. It sure does feel violating being stuck sitting next to someone who could possibly infect you.
     
  6. BeachMiles
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    Latex gloves
     
  7. NYCUA1K

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    The think that the greatest danger for catching the flu/cold is from airborne germs. One obvious solution would be to make sure to keep your hand clean at all times and to wear a surgical or prophylactic mask (http://www.art.com/products/p138797...ylactic-measure-during-influenza-outbreak.htm), as can be seen on passengers' faces in many intra-Asia flights -- a practice that I think started with the SARS outbreak.
     

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