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Guarding Against Airplane Germs

High-Tech and Low-Tech Ways to Protect Yourself

By BECKY WORLEY

Manufacturers are capitalizing on the fact that many of us need to travel, but we don’t want to get sick. As a result, there are tons of products out there. Regardless of their medical efficacy, some might just make you feel better about staying germ-free in the air. Germ-Fighting Travel Products

Airborne, $5.99 - $10.99 The main supplements Airborne provides are vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and ginger. Echinacea has been touted as a way to shorten colds, but there’s no conclusive evidence for that. Pregnant women should talk to their doctors before taking Airborne because it packs a large dose of vitamin A, which is something pregnant women need to limit.

Emergen-C, $5.99 - $10.99 This supplement is big on vitamin C and zinc. I take the one with glucosamine and chondroitin, recommended by my orthopedist so my knees won’t hurt when I get off the plane.

Flight Spray Nasal Spray, $14.85 This is another herbal product that carries no Food and Drug Administration approval. The ingredients in here are spearmint and turmeric. Think of it as Chapstick for your nasal passages, but don’t expect an antigerm force field emanating from your schnoz.

PlaneWrap Seat Wrap, $6.95 You may not actually get sick from your seat, blanket, tray or armrest, but they’re pretty communal and there’s a high “ick” factor. These seat covers are usually made of polypropylene or antimicrobial (germ-repelling) fabric that covers your seat like a hairnet. There are also covers for your tray and armrests. Most of the germs that infect you enter through your mouth. So if you don’t lick the seat or put the blanket in your mouth, you can stave off fabric-based germs. If you want to get serious about germs in yourseat, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to wipe off your tray and armrest.

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