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Please Wash Your Hands! How Not to Get Sick While Traveling…

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Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent

This seems so simple that Trevor Noah recently made a joke about it on “The Daily Show.” Health professionals say washing hands with soap and water is the most effective line of defense against colds, flu, and other illnesses.

How is the 2019-nCoV coronavirus transmitted?

Most respiratory viruses are transmitted through coughing and sneezing.
Though the Chinese authorities initially played down the likelihood of human-to-human transmission, it has now become clear there is significant and sustained transmission among people.

Just think about where your hands have been in the past 24 hours. Now, think about all the hands that have touched airplane tray tables and seatbelt buckles. If that doesn’t give you pause, consider whether you bite your nails, touch your face or rub your eyes. “The 10 dirtiest things are your fingers,” Dr. Tierno said.

Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizers with more than 60 percent alcohol work. Here’s a tip: Dr. Tierno said to make sure the sanitizer dries on your hands. If it doesn’t, germs can thrive.

What about tray tables and seats?

“Don’t eat off the table,” Dr. Tierno said. A 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office found that crew members had a limited time to clean the cabin before passengers on the next flight boarded. Some of the people the G.A.O. interviewed said employers “did not provide hand-on training to respond to specific disease outbreaks such as Ebola.” [read more]

Source: How Not to Get Sick While Traveling – The New York Times

Please Wash Your Hands! How Not to Get Sick While Traveling…
Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent