Researchers have a travel tip that will be welcomed buy a lot of people who experience being sick when and after they travel by airplanes; and the tip is as easy as picking the seat wisely.

You board a flight, get seated and hear a sneeze and find yourself doomed? Not necessarily, you can save yourself from getting sick. A team of researchers of Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has actually researched about this concern and published a study about this in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was conducted by monitoring how often passengers moved about the cabin and interacted with fellow travellers and crew member. During the research, they collected air and surface samples during five roundtrip flights from the East to West coasts.

After close observations, the researchers found that proximity to a sick person is a key factor in spreading any disease.  That means, passengers who are two or more seats away and one row in front or back of a sick person were unlikely to be infected. The suggested distance is, moving beyond proximity of 1 metre around the sick person – as the researchers found that direct disease transmission outside of the one-meter area of an infected passenger is unlikely. So if there is a possibility to get your seats changed, you may as well move to a seat farther than the given proximity.

Here’s another case, even if you are not in the nearer seats, you can catch the viruses when you move around or pass by the infected person. So stay in your seat because by not moving around the plane and perhaps even skipping that trip to the restroom, you can lessen your chances of coming into contact with a person – or a surface – that’s been infected. Choosing a window seat and not leaving it until you get to your destination might also help. Also, carrying anti-bacterial wipes will prove to be handy – just to be sure.

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