Why you need to protect yourself on flights: The spread of flu on airplanes

If you have flown commercially, you have probably experienced someone either beside or behind you with a cough, sniffles or sneezing. Nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, most people just hope for the best. Read on to learn how flu spreads on airplanes, and what you can do to protect yourself. 

Considerations About the Spread of Disease

No filtering face mask can guarantee that you will not get sick.  But, not wearing any protection insures you have no protection.  The choice is yours.  Flu season is coming so if you travel, here is some new research to take into consideration.

An MIT study revealed: “that disease spread by sneezing travels much farther than originally thought. The found that coughs and sneezes are far more adept at spreading viruses than they had thought.  They say the discovery means office ventilation systems play a far bigger role in spreading disease that previously thought.”

According to a new University of Maryland study, “It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new study. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.”

How Can This New Research Impact You?

Here are some well-hidden facts that the airline industry doesn’t publicize.  Have never heard of the two-row rule?  Now you have.

A study published in the Annals of Global Health offers compelling information regarding the two-row rule and the spread of SARS.



According to The Journal of Infectious Diseases:The importance of air travel for the spread of seasonal influenza was recently demonstrated by empirical data showing that the spread of influenza was delayed by the decrease in air travel after the attacks of 11 September 2001.” Since less people were travelling disease were less spread. 

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