When it comes to holiday travel (or travel at any time of year), it’s important to know how to avoid catching and spreading germs, so consider these words from Dr. Mark Gendreau of the Lahey Clinic…
“When we travel in any enclosed room, the risk of contracting a contagious illness is increased, particularly during the winter months, when most respiratory viruses thrive.”
Indeed, you may have seen stories in the New England Journal of Medicine in recent years about airline passengers who spread some pretty serious illnesses to other passengers.Do you want to learn more? Visit original site.
An aeroplane cabin’s enclosed, compact space appears to be an excellent breeding ground for some pretty impressive germs.
Germs such as E. coli, salmonella, coliform, rotavirus, cold virus, and MRSA, a well-known staph infection.
While all of these can be acquired from any public venue, not just the airport, the busier the location, the more germs are likely to be present.
Of course, there are moments when avoiding the germ factories we’ve come to associate with airlines, or avoiding lines in stores or theatres, isn’t feasible.
So, what can you do to stay safe when travelling or visiting another of these crowded places?
Here are five helpful hints from the pros.
1) Take a seat near the front of the plane. “Pick a seat near the front,” Dr. Gendreau advises, “because ventilation systems on most commercial aircraft provide better air flow in the front of the aircraft.” If you can afford it, flying first or business class is the healthier option because passengers aren’t crammed in as tightly as they are on other parts of the plane.
2) Avoid drinking coffee or tea made on an aeroplane because the water used to make these beverages, while heated, comes from water tanks that even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admits aren’t the cleanest. Furthermore, to destroy harmful bacteria, the water must be held at a roiling boil for a full minute, which does not happen when these drinks are prepared on a plane.
According to Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, aeroplane bathrooms are “among the germiest that you’ll find almost anywhere.” E. coli is often present on surfaces in aeroplane bathrooms, according to “Dr. Germ.”
Because of the germ-filled water tanks in the restroom, washing with the water isn’t much good, and the door handle you’ll use on your way out is full of microscopic organisms from all those pairs of hands, washed and unwashed. The safest defence is a dose of hand sanitizer after you’ve returned to your seat.
4) After using an airport escalator (or any escalator for that matter), sanitise or wash your hands because studies have shown that these handrails are full of germs. To get an estimate, count how many people use the escalator for five minutes, then multiply by 12 to get the number every hour. Every single one of them may be carrying and leaving germs on the handrail, waiting for you to pick them up. If you’ve exited the escalator, sanitise or wash your hands as soon as possible.
5) After using an airport ATM (or any busy ATM), sanitise or wash your hands because the keypads are covered in germs; the busier the location, the more germs are likely on the computer. After using one, it’s a good idea to sanitise your palms.
You’ve just given bacteria a free ride into your body if you touch a potentially infected object and then rub your eye, nose, or mouth.
Hand washing is the safest way to remain germ-free (and potentially avoid illness) when travelling or shopping in crowded malls.