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Travelers More Likely To Get Sick

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It's an inescapable fact that one of the busiest travel times of the year also happens to be cold and flu season! Studies show travelers are at higher risk -- as much as 20-percent more likely to catch something!

Surprisingly, the cabin air is cleaner than most office buildings because it's circulated through hospital-grade air filters. But an airplane is still a germy environment. The hot zone, according to the Centers for Disease Control, includes the row in front of you and the row behind you, especially the tray tables and the seat pockets or anyplace that's liable to have caught a sneeze.

The airport - with those crowded ticket counters, TSA checkpoints and food courts - is an even bigger petri dish for infectious disease. No air filters there, but plenty of coughs and sneezes.

"The best way to stay healthy is to keep you hands clean and when you're traveling, that's an alcohol sanitizer," said Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser.

A single sneeze can produce 30-thousand droplets that can spread as much as 6 feet! Not exactly anyone's idea of spreading holiday cheer.

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