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Flu-Proof Your Flight

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Don’t Talk to Strangers

Even though most airlines remove 99 percent of airborne viruses through high-efficiency air-circulation systems, most infections are picked up through hand-to-hand contact. Be aware that others may be sick and either not know it—or not care. If you find yourself next to someone who’s coughing and could be contagious, ask for a different seat. The airline might not be willing or able to accommodate, but it’s worth a try.

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