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A Major Study Found Out How Close You Need to Be to Someone on a Plane to Get Sick

A Major Study Found Out How Close You Need to Be to Someone on a Plane to Get Sick
November 2, 2018 coraandkrist

Natalie Sexton, Health Coach and Juice Producer, featured in


A Major Study Found Out How Close You Need to Be to Someone on a Plane to Get Sick

That’s right. A new study found you can get sick from someone in the next row over or up to two seats away, but not any further. Here’s how to help if you are flying over the holidays.

Well, this does not sound good.

A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (which will give you a sore throat just for saying all of that) found that you only have to sit one or two seats away from someone on plane to get sick, or one row away.

The good news is that the same study found it was much harder to get sick if someone with a repository illness (think cold or flu) is sitting three seats away.

That means planes are not as icky and gross as you thought.

Why is this important?

For many of us, the next two months will be a little interesting. I’m either traveling myself or around people who are flying home for the holidays, so there’s a good chance something will spread, even if it is the common cold. To help, I asked health coach Natalie Sexton for some tips to deal with the issue if you fly (and if you are seated close to a sick person).

Create a germ barrier from you and the rest of the passengers

“Many infections, including flu germs, can enter through your nostrils. The best way to minimize this point of entry, especially in a small space, with recirculating air like a plane, is to use a cotton swab to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the inside of your nostrils. An added benefit to this is that it keeps the inside of your nose moisturized and protected from dry heat.”

Before boarding, drink lots of water

“I know, no one likes to wait in line in the narrow aisle to go to the bathroom–and many of us refrain from drinking liquids before flight because we want to avoid that awkward scene–but the truth is–the guy getting up every five minutes to go to the bathroom may be the healthiest one on the plane. Drink lots of water before the flight to flush the body and help avoid the buildup of any new toxins you consume during your travels.”

Be proactive with probiotics

“Eighty percent of your immune system is wrapped up in your gut so probiotics are critical, especially when you are warding off additional germs on a plane. You can find probiotics in certain foods like yogurt-and you can get an extra does at the health food store in probiotics form.”

Create a flu-fighting soup recipe

“A Chinese herb called astragalus root has powerful immune boosting properties and has been known to ward off the flu and other respiratory diseases. Sliced and simmered with shiitake mushrooms and turmeric, this brew can have an antiviral effect. Drink a cup before you go to the airport.”