7 Most Germ-Filled Airport And How To Protect Yourself When You’re There

Warning: If you’re a bit of a germaphobe, this is going to hurt a little.

As if the recent study showing that you’re 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a plane than in your day-to-day life wasn’t enough to make you wary of air travel, then this new Consumer Reports article may do it. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say seven major airports in particular are most likely to spread a pandemic like SARS and H1N1—namely John F. Kennedy, Los Angeles International, Honolulu, San Francisco, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare, and Washington Dulles. Researchers based the findings on the number of connections through each airport, geography, traffic volume and layover length. 

The fact that airports are hotbeds of bacteria isn’t exactly shocking given the massive amounts of people traveling here, there, and everywhere, every second of every day. But does that mean those of us who like to be healthy need to walk around in gas masks and rubber gloves to stay safe? 

Nope, but you have to be extra careful. Here’s how to protect yourself the next time you fly:

Get vaccinated. it’s important to be up to date on routine vaccinations. To see which ones you might need, check with your doctor or the Centers of Deseas Control and Prevention.

Wear socks. Before clearing through TSA, you’ll be asked to step out of your shoes. Which means that floor sees a lot of bare feet. The floor is dirty and people are walking all over it. Who knows what is on there?

Hydrate. The humidity level on an airplane is usually very low, says Mark Gendreau, MD, vice chair of emergency medicine at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. So he suggests drinking lots of water, using saline nasal spray, and keeping your hands off your face.

Sanitize. Bring along hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes for your hands. tray tables and arm rests, which can be teeming with germs. Fun fact: 60% of airplane food trays carry MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria.

Read the initial article here : http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/how-not-get-sick-airports