How not to get sick on an airplane

According to an ABC News story, the way to avoid getting sick on an airplane is to wrap yourself in a sterilized bubble before boarding … or don’t fly.
Actually, some of the advice is just as impractical: don’t sit within 5 rows of anyone sneezing or 3 rows of anyone coughing.
Other suggestions are a bit more under your control: Don’t use the lavatory. Don’t use the tray table. Use a hand sanitizer. Use a surgical mask. Turn the overhead air on.

The longer you’re on a packed airplane, the greater the chance you’ll walk off sick.
A lot of travelers blame stale recycled air. But scientists say that’s not the problem. Most larger planes now have special systems that filter out germs and let some outside air in.
“The problem is actually your [fellow] passengers that are seated in proximity to you,” said Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr., director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center. “The closer the passengers are to you the worse it is for you if they have some sort of illness like a simple cold.”

Fliers Must Dodge Hidden Germs: Where Are the Germ Hotspots? Hint: Avoid the Restroom,” ABC News, January 14, 2006
The longer you live, the greater your chance of getting sick…
See “Products that promise to keep you healthy on planes,” by Conor Dougherty, The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2006

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