The Journal of Environmental Health Research reports that you are up to 113 times more likely to catch a cold in-flight than on the ground. “In order to protect yourself against airborne germs you have to understand how they are spread,” said Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, an infectious disease and oral microbiology specialist and scientist. “It’s a combination of things that will make you stay healthy while flying.” Ghannoum offers these tips.
CREATE A BARRIER
New oral antiseptic sprays, such as Halo (www.halogermdefense.com), can kill cold and flu germs for up to six hours. Keep one in your pocket on a flight.
CLEAR THE AIR
Aim the air vent at your chest to direct the air away from you. Even better: Turn it off.
Pack hand sanitizers to protect yourself from the germ-covered surfaces you’re bound to touch, especially when soap and water aren’t easily accessible.
Wipe down tray tables, armrests, and seatback pockets on airplanes and in rental cars with a disinfectant.
Drink water to keep your immune system in check and prevent fatigue.