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Here's How to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Next Flight

If you're an aisle-seat person, you might want to reconsider.
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Flying during flu season sounds like an easy way to come back home with a nasty, unwanted souvenir from your travels. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it’s unlikely that you’ll catch the flu on your next flight.

Because the flu typically is transmitted through the air via small respiratory droplets from an infected person or from something an infected person has touched, whether you use the airplane lavatory and how well you wash your hands are all key factors in whether you end up catching the flu on your next flight.

“Sneeze into your elbow, use good hand hygiene, and turn on your air vent. That will send the droplets straight to the floor,” Vicki Stover Hertzberg, the study’s lead author and professor of nursing at Emory University, told The New York Times.

But where you sit also matters a lot.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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