Are Airplanes Really Full of Germs?

Q: Is the air in an airplane really full of germs?

A: If you donít know this by now, you should.†Germs are everywhere, and if you get a bunch of people in a small space for a prolonged period of time, there are likely to be even more germs.†Because exposure to germs is virtually unavoidable, the very best way to keep yourself healthy is to practice good hand hygiene.

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36 comments

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the share!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Valentina R.
Valentina R.4 years ago

You bet they are.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

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Chris Cole
Chris C.4 years ago

I recently was on a flight from NY to the midwest and the women across the aisle from me coughed NON-STOP for 3 1/2 hours! It seemed like she was just inches away from me since we were packed in like sardines. Then her daughter sitting next to her started up. Pretty disgusting. I used hand sanitizer alot. Next time I'll use a mask too.

Rajshree B.
Rajshree B.4 years ago

Thanks!

Berny P.
Berny p.4 years ago

AFTER LIVING IN CHINA FOR MANY YEARS I ALAWAYS HAVE DESINFECTANT WIPER WITH ME AND PLENTY OF TISSUS AND SMALL LIQUID SOAP.

I WEAR GLOVES IN THE WINTER AND TRY NOT TO TOUCH MY FACE ...

WHEN I HAVE A COLD I WEAR A MASK, MANY ASIAN PEOPLE DO THAT ESPECIALLY IN JAPAN SO WE ALL COULD LEARN A LOT FROM THEM!

Michele G.
Past Member 4 years ago

The answer is pretty obvious.