Air transport and coronavirus: what to pack, how to protect yourself

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Traveling by plane can be a frightening proposition in the age of the coronavirus, and it can involve mingling with large groups of people, touching common surfaces and sitting on an airplane with less six feet of distance between passengers.Dr Anthony Cardillo, Emergency Specialist and CEO of Mend Urgent Care in Los Angeles, offers some very specific advice for those considering flying:

  • Travel need: First of all, ask yourself if you really need to travel. Is this a legitimate and important need?
  • Packaging: It is better to carry all your luggage than to check it in. When you get off the plane, be sure to clean your bag thoroughly, especially the wheels.
  • What to wear: Protect your body as much as possible. A good option is sweatpants with a hoodie, mask, and even a face shield, in addition to wearing gloves.
  • Avoid surfaces in the airport: Check in electronically using your phone for the boarding pass so you don’t have paper tickets or touching the surfaces of a kiosk. Try to avoid contact with other surfaces while in the terminal. It is better to use the airport bathroom rather than the airplane bathroom if possible.
  • Disinfection: While sitting on the plane, use wipes to disinfect the area around you, including the tray, armrest, and headrest. You can also bring a portable UVC device that uses ultraviolet light for sterilization.
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