By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin
Traveling for the holidays? Flying to visit family and friends? Discover how to avoid the dreaded in-flight flu!
This time of year is always tough to avoid feeling under the weather: the stress, the colder weather, extra going-out plans, family time, etc. all contribute to a little touch of the flu. Even worse, traveling! Every time I soar to 30,000 feet, I manage to end up with a snuffle, tickle, or pimple. And it’s no fun to be sick for the holidays!
There’s several reason why traveling and getting sick go hand-in-hand. For starter, the air quality while flying is easier for the spread of disease. The air is very dry and viruses thrive in low-humidity environments. In addition, high altitudes create stress for your body, resulting in fatigue and tiredness allowing your immune system to be at its weakest.
Steps to Prevention
- Hydrate. Drinking water and keeping nasal passages moist with a saline spray can reduce your risk of infection.
- Clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We often infect ourselves, touching mouth, nose or eyes with our own hands that have picked up something.
- Use a disinfecting wipe to clean off tray tables before using.
- Avoid seat-back pockets.
- Open your air vent and aim it so it passes just in front of your face. Filtered airplane air can help direct airborne contagions away from you.
- Change seats if you end up near a cougher, sneezer or someone who looks feverish. That may not be possible on very full flights, but worth a try. One sneeze can produce up to 30,000 droplets that can be propelled as far as six feet.
- Raise concerns with the crew if air circulation is shut off for an extended period.
- Avoid airline pillows and blankets (if you find them).
-Source: The Wall Street Journal
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