The risk of getting COVID-19 while flying in an airplane is lower than from an office building, classroom, supermarket, or train. There is little airflow between rows in a plane, making it less likely to spread when someone talks, coughs, sneezes, or sings. In fact, airplanes are now using the same filters used in operating rooms. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 between passengers on a plane is very small, despite the large number of people traveling by air. If you are a passenger on a flight, there are certain things you can do to stay safe and healthy while flying. For example, wear a mask, do not travel if you feel sick, limit carry-on baggage, keep your distance from others, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay seated if possible, and if there is an overhead air nozzle, adjust it to point straight at your head and keep it on full. In general, the risk from getting COVID-19 from traveling on an airplane is fairly low.


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