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We all travel during the summer. We visit family or go on extravagant vacations to islands and beaches all over the world. To get to these places we have to take a plane. Flights can last over long periods of time--if you're lucky you only have to sit on a plane for up to 2 hours. If you are not lucky, you can be on a plane for 12+ hours.
Theres that person behind you coughing, and you think, "I am going to get sick once I am off this plane?". More often than not, you do. The conditions on a plane are 75 degrees Fahrenheit with a 20% humidity, a perfect storing place for germs.
Researchers from Auburn University conducted a study where they swabbed the armrests, toilet seats, door handles, the cloth seat pockets, any environment where bacteria can survive and found very interesting results. MRSA lasted six days in a cloth seat pocket, six days on the armrest and leather seat, five days on the plastic tray and window shade. E. Coli on the other hand lasted four days on the armrest, three days on the plastic tray and two on the toilet seat handle.
Basically bacteria lasted longer in more porous material/places. But that same material that protects them can also keep them from spreading. The airlines reported to CNN Health that they take all the precautionary measures to clean the cabins before each flight, but one can never be too sure.
Just make sure you are taking care of yourself and your family and bring along hand sanitizer and use those alcohol wipes. With the recent outbreaks with MRSA and E.Coli, we want to try and make sure we are protecting ourselves.
To read more on this head over to CNN Health.