How To Avoid Infection While Traveling By Airplane
You can reduce health risks while traveling by plane by following these recommendations:
- Get approval for your travel plans from your doctor.
- Prepare ahead of time. For example:
- If your immune system is low, buy a supply of infection blocking face masks.
- Buy a 3 ounce or less size bottle of bacterial killing cleanser or package of anti-bacterial wipes.
- Consider a bulkhead seat (the front of the section.) In addition to extra leg room, there is one less possible source of infection since there is no one sitting in front of you. If you have particular seating needs, you can select a seat that fits by checking www.SeatGuru.com , a web site that shows seating for each airline's fleet.
- Plan to wear loose clothing on the plane to lower the risk of blood clots.
- Take appropriate care in the airport and on the airplane. For instance:
- If you are sitting near a person who is coughing and/or sneezing, explain to a flight attendant about your health condition and ask if s/he can find you another seat.
- Put on Aa face mask before entering the airport or other public space. It may feel awkward at first, but you'll get used to it.
- Keep your hands away from your face at all times except when you have just sanitized them. A study from Auburn University found that disease-causing germs can live for more than a week on surfaces that passengers typically touch.
For additional information, see:
- How To Minimize Risk Of Infection When Booking A Flight
- How To Prepare For A Flight
- What To Do In The Airport To Avoid Infection
- How To Avoid Infection On The Airplane
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