The techniques that hostesses use to never catch it on their plane trips

In the midst of the expansion of the dreaded coronavirus around the world, if there is a place where it is more likely to contract this disease or any type of flu, that is a passenger plane. An investigation by 'The Wall Street Journal' showed that there is up to a 20% greater probability of contagion on board a commercial aircraft, taking as an example a 2008 flight from Boston to Los Angeles in which a group of passengers contracted norovirus after traveling with an infected passenger, having to make an emergency landing three hours after taking off.

Thus, the coronavirus epidemic has caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights in recent weeks, especially in the red areas of the disease, like Wuhan, in China, or Lombardy, in Italy. However, many people have also chosen to take risks and continue with their tourist plans despite the global paranoia about the virus.

Flying dehydrates the body, so if you don't drink water you will feel much weaker and it will be much easier to be infected by germs

As in all health issues, prevention is always the most important thing. And in this case, it is essential to follow some personal hygiene measures in a rigorous and strict way if you do not want to suffer a contagion. Even more so if you are going to travel and share space with hundreds of travelers for a few hours. If you fear that flying may increase your chances of contracting coronavirus or other conditions, you should pay attention to the tricks that stewardesses and stewardesses have to stay healthy.

After all, the crew of an aircraft is in an environment where it is very easy to catch it. For this reason, 'Reader's Digest' has spoken with some of these people to see how they minimize the chances of infection. These tactics are not only valid to avoid the disease exclusively inside an airplane, but also for your daily life in general, and so that, as the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure".

Stay hydrated

The most essential. As recognized Taylor Strickland, stewardess from Alerion Aviation, who says she drinks "a lot of water" while flying. So much so that she has only fallen ill once in her working life. "Flying dehydrates the body a lot," he explains, "and if you are without water reserves, you will notice that your body becomes somewhat weak, which makes it much more difficult to fight germs. "

His partner, Lauren Guifoyle, think the same. In your case, you buy a liter bottle of water every time you get on the plane. Both recommend avoiding drinking from the tap, as well as coffee or tea. A 2015 study found that jet bath water comes out of tanks "very conducive to microbial growthso the best thing to do is spend the money on bottled water.

Use wet wipes

Not only is it refreshing, but it also helps keep germs at bay. Use them especially when you can't wash your hands with soap. This simple fact can free us from a lot of diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that this practice can eliminate up to 80% of the microbes present on the surface of the skin. Hence, this hygiene routine can reduce up to 50% of cases of intestinal or diarrheal diseases, and another 25% of respiratory infections. Therefore, do not miss it and keep your hands clean at all times.

Never eat directly from the trays

If you go to the cart because you're starving or thirsty, It is best to have your appetizer without unfolding the table in front of you. The best thing is that you wash your hands and proceed to swallow the agape resting on your legs. In case you cannot do it, it is best to hold off the urge to eat and wait to disembark. "The dirtiest part of the plane is possibly that of the passenger tray ", assures a stewardess of the airline Jet Blue to 'Business Insider'. "It is where people constantly put their heads on or sneeze. I would not eat on that surface or after they had disinfected it."

Fruit is important

A good orange or a kiwi will give you the supply of vitamin C you need, which will strengthen your immune system to generate resistance to contagion. Although it is a preventive measure to execute both before and after the flight, it is undoubtedly a routine that you must begin to adopt in the face of spring, in order to minimize your chances of infection, not only from coronavirus, but from a common flu or a cold. In addition, eating fruits and vegetables will also have a positive impact on your overall health due to its high content of water and fiber.