Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

Danger. Danger.

December 24, 2019

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.

Stay Healthy.

Season’s Greetings.



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