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Old 09-18-2009, 02:04 AM
 
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A two-day meeting beginning today at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., will examine how diseases spread on planes and in airports.

With the spread of the H1N1 virus, airlines have taken notice and stocked up on supplies such as gloves, masks and alcohol wipes and increased their cleanings.

Scared of Swine Flu? Avoid Germs and Viruses on a Plane - ABC News
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:51 AM
 
Location: France
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Really, with the number and variety of people travelling in planes, good wiping and cleaning should be regular shouldn't it. I heard that the official flights are not sprayed like other flights are when traveling long distance to and/or from Africa and Asia. Can anyone confirm?
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:29 AM
 
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My best friend who was undergoing treatment for Hep-C flew to visit me 2 years ago.
The medicine she was taking was interferon and other drugs similar to the treatment for aids.
I absolutely told her, if she didn't wear a medical mask, she couldn't come. Those drugs almost destroy your immune system in order to attack the virus.
It seems her doctor never told her that. She thought that her immune system was being boosted by the medicine.
Air in airplanes is a combination of fresh air and cabin air so everyone will receive a sample of whatever everyone else is suffering from.
If you have a weak immune system, you should at least wear a mask and ask your doctor what else you can do to boost your immune system prior to flying.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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There might be ways to avoid germs but Im not going to be one of those walking around with a surgical mask. If youre going to get sick, youre going to get sick no matter where you go.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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There might be ways to avoid germs but Im not going to be one of those walking around with a surgical mask. If youre going to get sick, youre going to get sick no matter where you go.
that's always been my stance too. I just returned for a trip though and am now quite sick. I think I caught a bug on the trip there since the timing of my becoming ill would seem to indicate. There was one person onboard wearing a face mask. Kinda wish I had worn one now. I feel like sh*t
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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Pretty much last year every time I flew I got sick with some nasty cold. Just another thing that puts me off flying.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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Invention targets germs on planes - latimes.com
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Chandler
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I am so paranoid that I always take bleach wipes and wipe down the entire area of my seat. I figure at least if I touch something it will at least be clean. It's amazing how disgusting the wipes are too when I get done. Might have to start wearing a mask or at least carrying one with me in case my seat mate is coughing/sneezing
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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Use common sense and let your immune system do the rest.

I am a frequent flier and am rarely sick. I know the plane hasn't been cleaned in who knows how long and I keep that in mind. Therefore, I don't stick my hands in my eyes/mouth. If I am going to use my hands to eat on the plane, I will first wipe my hands with a wet wipe (that I ALWAYS carry with me when flying) immediately before eating. It isn't rocket science. I also wash my hands before eating when at work and home. It is the easiest way to not get sick no matter where you are. Aren't people taught this basic hygiene principle as children?

Bottom line, keep your damn hands out of your eyes, nose and mouth unless they have been washed or wiped. If not, have fun transmitting that flu virus or god knows what else you just ate along with your complimentary peanuts
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Yeah right, and some of the tips just don't make any sense. Like, "wash your hands, but not in the airplane bathroom". Huh? Or, "drink bottled water". Right. I mean how many bottles can you actually manage to get on a plane? And, "bring a face mask". Really?
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