Germs in the Air
It's hard to know where to start with the TB Guy and the poor hapless travelers who sat near him on his transatlantic flights. Leaving aside from the question of whether or not Andrew Speaker was told not to fly by the CDC, how contagious he thought he was, etc., his case raises so many other issues of concern to travelers -- not the least of which is, how can we protect ourselves against infectious diseases on long-haul plane rides and in other enclosed spaces?
Short of wearing a facemask, it appears there's not a whole lot you can do. But a recent story by ABC News offers a few tips on how to dodge hidden germs in the air:
* Stop obsessing about the recycled air on planes -- the real danger comes from your fellow travelers. If you're sitting within a couple of rows of someone who's actively sneezing or coughing you're especially at risk, so try to move your seat. Yeah, I know -- with today's packed planes, good luck with that. Well, it might be time for us to stop worrying about looking like Michael Jackson and start traveling with surgical masks.
* The germiest, most dangerous place to be, bacteria-wise: the onboard lavatory. And we're not just talking toilet seats, but faucets, handles, latches, etc. Wash your hands, obviously, but also bring hand sanitizer in your carryon and use it as soon as you get back to your seat.
* Also extremely germy: Your seatback tray table. Experts advise either not using it or packing a placemat.
So there you have it: facemask, hand sanitizer and placemats, your new secret weapons.
Other tips for airline passengers looking to stay safe?
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