Virus season is at its peak and it’s hitting hard this year. It’s already shaping up as one of the worst in years. It has spreadly widely across the continental U.S., infecting tens of thousands of people from all ages and walks of life. Wherever you go, there’s a chance you’ll run into someone who has one. That’s especially true if you board an airplane.

Planes bring together one of the most diverse group of individuals you can find. In a confined space. With a restricted air supply. No wonder so many people are cautious about stepping into an aircraft at this time of year. Should we be worried? Is there reason to stay away from air travel altogether?

Prevention is the key

As long as you’re healthy before departure, you don’t need to cancel your travel plans,” says Travel + Leisure‘s Cailey Rizzo.

All you need to do, according to her, is take simple steps to avoid catching a virus. In a recent article, she indicates how to avoid contaminated areas and close quarters with other people, which extra items you should bring with you, and which “dirty” object you should be careful with. In addition, she provides answers to two common flu-prevention questions:

  • Should you turn on your overhead vent?
  • Which is best: window or aisle seat?

SOURCE:  Travel + Leisure