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How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane [How To Stay Healthy on Your Next Flight]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 15th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Do you know that 1 out of 5 passengers on a plane gets sick on every flight? We don’t know if we’ll be safe during our trip, so it’s important to take precautionary measures EVERYWHERE you go. Yes, not only on planes. But in this article, we’ll tell you how you can stay healthy and safe from any diseases that surround a plane.

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But hey this doesn’t mean that you won’t take extra care even when there’s no virus. Just a friendly reminder, practice proper hygiene all the time. *wink*

Tips on How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

These tips can be practiced everywhere.

1. As much as possible, avoid contact with sick people.

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2. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

In case soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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3. Always carry hand sanitizer with you.

The CDC suggests at least 60 percent alcohol concentration to maximize effectiveness.

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4. Cover your mouth and nose using a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

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5. As much as possible, avoid touching ‘MEN’ – your Mouth, Eyes, and Nose with unwashed hands.

6. Keep the air vents above your seat open during the flight to improve ventilation, it’s ideal to point them away from your face.

7. Get plenty of rest before your flight.

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8. Eat well.

Remember that what you eat has a huge impact on your immune system.

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9. Use sanitizing wipes to wipe the tray table, seatbelts, armrests, and even the restroom handle.

Some may think you’re ‘OA’ but don’t mind them as this precautionary measure can save you from any diseases.

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10. Wear a face mask or cover your face with a clean shawl.

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11. Bring your own bottled water and always stay hydrated.

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12. Choose your seat cautiously.

It’s advisable to choose seats away from the lavatories. Studies also find that those sitting in the aisle seats will encounter more germs than those sitting in the window seats.

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13. Avoid touching the seat pocket as much as possible.

Why? Some people use these pockets for everything. From dirty tissues to even used diapers. They usually treat these pockets as trash cans. Remember that your sanitizing wipes are comparatively ineffective at disinfecting the seat pocket fabric than the tray table.

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14. Never forget about travel insurance.

Of course, having travel insurance will help you be secure during your trip. No one knows what will happen.


15. One of the most helpful advice from the CDC during this outbreak is that, do not travel when you’re sick. You will not only save yourself but also other people.

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This is how you can avoid getting sick on a plane. With everything that’s happening around us now, it should be up to us people to know the basic things to do when we’re going out. Practicing proper hygiene could not only save us from any viruses but it can also save your family, friends, or even strangers. Remember to be a responsible traveler or a responsible human being.

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About the Writer

Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.

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