Tips on Airplane Travel after Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak

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January 22, 2020 - 8:05 am
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Now that the deadly coronavirus from China has reached the US, there's concern about staying healthy while flying.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk to the American public of getting the mystery bug is low.

Dr. James Cherry, with UCLA's School of Medicine, likens the virus to SARS and says no one ever contracted the illness from a plane.

"All the people with SARS, who were incubating it, not one of them spread it on the airplane," Cherry said.

According to Cherry, what you should be concerned about is:

"Seasonal influenza and for that, the person who is coughing isn't a risk but the person who is sneezing is the bigger risk." 

Experts say if you are flying, consider wearing a mask and wash your hands, and keep the alcohol-based sanitizer handy.

The best seats on a plane to steer clear of germs is actually a window seat or first class.