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Are Airplanes Really Full of Germs?

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.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food, raise goats, and make goat milk soap on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at drbrent@care2.com

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4:40PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Yep.

4:27PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

2:20AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thanks for the share!

8:14AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thanks for the info.

12:51AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

You bet they are.

11:47AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

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8:56AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

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.

2:04AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks!

2:00AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

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!

7:50PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

The answer is pretty obvious.

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