Between pressurized cabins, low humidity and closed quarters, it’s no wonder that people feel sick as soon as they get on the plane, or off one. But here’s what you need to know about catching a plane without catching a bug.
The truth is, recycled air isn’t going to make you sick.
Since the 1980s, most airplanes recycle about 50 percent of the air.
And newer aircraft are equipped with special filters that can trap small particles like germs and viruses.
However, since you’re crammed with other passengers, it can still be a breeding ground for bacteria.
So always carry a pack of disinfectant wipes when you travel.
As soon as you sit down, wipe the armrests, the tray table, the seatbelts, and your hands.
Pillows and blankets are cleaned only occasionally, and only when they’re visibly dirty.
And, planes have extremely low humidity, so dry throats and nasal passages can make it easier for germs to take hold.
So stay hydrated by drinking water and try using a saline nasal spray.
For more information, check Catching a Plane Without Catching a Cold.
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