Sneeze alarm. With the flu spiking this month (putting frequent travelers on the defensive) you might get a little paranoid when a fellow passenger on your flight sneezes.
Did you ever wonder just how far that sneeze can travel? Check out the above video — if you dare.
Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins.
As you can see in this video, it is the ventilated air that spreads the germs around the cabin. So even if the passengers immediately next to you aren’t sick, you can still pick up a bug.
So, go to Walgreens and buy a face mask— it could come in handy if you get sick on a trip and don’t want to spread your germs… or if you want to protect yourself from a wheezy seatmate.
Google’s flu trends page shows where you are most likely to encounter the flu virus right now… the darker orange shows where flu cases are currently spiking.
Did you get a flu shot this year? Did you know that it’s likely not effective against the current strain of the flu making rounds right now?
Be careful out there! Wash up frequently.
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