Be Prepared! Safeguard your health the next time you fly internationally or locally. What you don’t know can hurt you! This medical device “gun” is looking for a special heat signature to find anyone showing H1N1 (Swine Flu) symptoms in Mexico during the Swine Flu pandemic.
Turn-off the air valve above your seat. This is very important because the airplane cabin air is recycling the same air over and over during the entire flight. This means that you are vulnerable to inhaling air that could be contaminated with airborne aerosols, which might have pathogens living inside. This is known as aerosolization and is the result of people coughing and sneezing during the flight. This aerosolization is also one of the “Dirty 4” methods of Pathogen transmission.
GermFreaks Tip: Explain to the people next to you the situation and ask if they would mind turning-off their air-flow valve too.
Studies reveal that one of the most contaminated areas in an airplane is the seats’ headrests. This is known as Soft-surface Contamination and is the result of people touching the headrests while returning to their seats after using the toilet. So even if you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap, your hands might get contaminated with pathogens from touching the headrests while walking to your seat.
If there are people coughing/sneezing beside, behind, or just in front of you, then wear a sanitary mask. You are in a confined space for many hours and will be breathing in airborne exhaust fumes from their coughing and sneezing. Wearing a mask is a very important preventative action for those most vulnerable: the elderly, young children, people with a compromised immune system, and anyone who is already sick. Help them and yourself by putting together your own personalized go-bag when traveling. Print the GermFreaks Club Survival Guide Kit list of suggested items, and go shopping before your next travel adventure.
Airplane restrooms have the highest count of pathogens compared to all other public restrooms.
- Use the airport restroom just before boarding the plane.
- Limit your intake of soda and other drinks with high fructose sweetener to minimize the number of trips to the restroom when on long duration flights.
All the information provided above helps YOU to contribute to minimizing the global spread of dangerous pathogenic bacteria while traveling. The following viruses and bacteria are a short-list version of diseases spread by air and touch while traveling aboard airplanes, trains, buses, or cruise ships:
- Ebola (Ebolavirus)
- SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, (Coronavius)
- Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus)
- Avian Influenza A (H7N9 virus)
- Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium)
- Cholera (Vibrio cholerae intestinal bacterium)
Farewell, wherever you may fare,
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