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Destination: Healthy Travel | Care2 Healthy & Green Living: More than 50 million Americans planned to book a cru...

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Whenever you’re in a small, crowded place, you’re at increased risk of contracting germs, says Mark Gendreau, MD, an air-travel expert and vice chair of emergency medicine at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. “Planes are often packed, and there’s also the issue of the very low humidity level on aircraft,” he says. “Your nasal membranes become dehydrated, which makes you more susceptible to infection from passing germs.” Aside from the obvious precautions—drink lots of water, use saline nasal spray, and keep your hands off your face—he advises turning the overhead vent above your seat to medium flow and directing the nozzle slightly in front of your face. Then, if someone sneezes, those 30,000 airborne droplets are less likely to rain down on top of you. Also, if you have a choice, sit at the front of the plane, which typically has the best ventilation. Finally, bring alo...

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