What’s the most dangerous place over Christmas / New Year?
An aeroplane. Any aeroplane.
How many of us have caught a cough or a cold after being trapped in a metal tube for hours on end, surrounded by flu germs, coughing passengers, and the dreaded sneezers?
An unlikely source – the UK Institute of Sport – has just issued guidance to athletes on how to minimise the risk of catching cold when travelling to/from training or events.
Four pieces of common sense that, given the amount of time I spend on planes, I can personally vouch for:
1) Choose a window seat to reduce contact with potential germ-carriers – avoid being trapped near the hurly burly of the ever busy aisle.
2) Avoid seats near the lavatories. That’s where all the people visit!
3) Disinfect the arm-rests, seat-belt buckles and tables. That’s where the germs live.
4) Drink plenty of water.