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Dr. Dana Hawkinson Shows You How Travel Safely Since COVID-19

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Dr. Dana Hawkinson Shows You How Travel Safely Since COVID-19

First time traveling since COVID-19 hit? Infectious disease physician Dr. Dana Hawkinson at The University of Kansas Health System shows us how he's staying safe while on the move.
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How risky is travel in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Summer is here. Though COVID-19 cases are surging, many are still thinking of getting out for some sun, or taking a socially distant vacation. Even if the destination is safe, the journey provides a host of potential exposures. Peter Chin-Hong, MD, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UCSF School of Medicine, weighs in on the risk of coronavirus exposure for every mode of travel.
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How To Travel and NOT Get Coronavirus - 7 Tips for Flying and Traveling during COVID 19 Pandemic ✈????

How To Travel and NOT Get Coronavirus - 7 Tips for Flying and Traveling during COVID 19 Pandemic ✈????

Catching Coronavirus / COVID-19 in an airplane is possible by inhaling the virus. And the regular face covering that you wear, such as a regular medical mask, won’t prevent you from inhaling the virus if it’s in the air close to you.

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Pulse Oximeter to measure your Oxygen at Home


Most airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks. Some airlines are also taking other measures to minimize person to person interaction, such as not serving alcoholic beverages or are skipping snacks altogether. Most commercial flights these days have very clean cabin air. Airplanes accomplish this by the way they have their air intake system setup. Essentially, they have compressed air passing through the jet engines, with its temperature being super hot. That hot air is then cooled, and put under pressure (450) PSI. So between the initial hot temperatures and the high pressure, that makes the air in the cabin very sterile, as bacteria and viruses become destroyed in that process.

And the cabin air is exchanged every 3-4 minutes, which is actually better than offices and homes, which is typically every 5-12 minutes. Also, with newer generations of airplanes, they have high-efficiency particulate air filters, meaning HEPA filters, that filter the recirculated air. They can fish out particles as small as 0.3 microns, which is what an N95 respirator mask can do, as well as an elastomeric mask. Now some might say, well the virus is only about 0.1 microns in diameter or 100 nm…. And this is true. But most of the virus in the air is going to exist within respiratory droplets. So the bottom line is, if the virus is in the air, most of it, about 95% of it, will be filtered out with these HEPA filters on the plane, and the same goes for respirator masks.

When someone is expelling respiratory droplets, the ones that more than 5-10 microns in size, those are the ones that are going to act like ballistics, and fall within 6-12 feet of them, IF… they are NOT wearing a mask. The respiratory droplets that are expelled are less than 5 microns, these are the ones that will stay suspended in the air. If someone is wearing a mask, it will drastically reduce the distance the size of that moist cloud, and the distance that moist cloud can travel, but it won’t be totally prevented.

So if no one sitting close to you, or if someone is sitting close to you but does not have the virus, no worries. But, of course, people are going to be close to you, and it's impossible to know who has the virus. And if that virus is in the air close to you, you’re going to breathe it in, unless….you do tip #1, which is, you wear an N95 respirator mask, or an elastomeric respirator. Both of these filter out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. Right now the CDC recommends the public to not purchase and wear these N95 respirator masks, for one because they need to be reserved for health care workers. I don’t understand how they can be in limited supply this deep into a pandemic, but I digress. But what you can do is get yourself an elastomeric respirator. This is a reusable device with exchangeable cartridge filters. Like an N95 respirator, it also filters out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. It fits tight against the user's face but is more comfortable than an N95.

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Traveling during COVID-19

Is it safe for me to fly now? What about taking the train? Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, chief of infectious diseases at Mass General, shares her expertise on the safety of travelling during COVID-19, and tips for helping reduce the spread as you travel. For more about Mass General’s response to coronavirus, please visit
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Coronavirus: What's the risk of air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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COVID-19: Travel Safety Tips

How is it that TPIRC and the Southern California Food Allergy Institute have been able to not only stay open but also expand patient capacity during the COVID-19 shutdown? One word: safety.
Dr. Inderpal Randhawa, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of TPIRC and SoCal Food Allergy Institute, discusses the proper steps our patients and the general public can take to stay safe when traveling to Long Beach, CA, for an appointment or to any other destination.

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How risky is it to travel during COVID-19 pandemic?

New study explains how risky it really is to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
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How to Reduce Risks If You Must Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Avoiding unnecessary travel is the best way to prevent the spread of #COVID19, but if you must go somewhere, then there are ways to minimize exposure and transmission risks—so long as you follow proper protocols.

In this video, Center for Health Security expert Crystal Watson shares tips with Frances from our video production team, and they show us how it's done.

Remember: This guidance is intended for essential travel. At this time, even with proper protocols, most recreational travel is not advised. Save those trips for when the pandemic is over!

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What to Wear on an Airplane to Protect Against COVID-19

If you’re getting ready to fly again, there are ways to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, as several airlines resume filling their planes to capacity. It starts with what you wear to the airport: experts recommend sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt so you can shield yourself from as much outside exposure as possible. Additionally, a face shield can be worn to give extra protection. Packing everything in a carry-on also prevents more hands from touching your luggage.

Travel safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is a global issue. The disease is in every country and nearly every city. That's why health experts do not recommend any nonessential travel at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19 if there are other travelers with COVID-19 infection.

Dr. Abinash Virk, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician, echoes that sentiment and says people should postpone travel if possible. However, if that's not an option, she says it's critical to be cautious about your potential exposures.

In this Q&A, Dr. Virk answers travel questions related to COVID-19 travel-related questions and offers some advice on how travelers can better protect themselves and others around them.

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How To Fly During COVID-19

Wondering when it will be safe to fly again? How safe are planes? What can you do to prepare if you have to take a plane trip?
Some advice shared in this webinar:
- Don't travel unless necessary
- Check with airlines about requirements
- Check whether there is food and beverage service
- Print your bag tags and boarding passes at home
- Go to the airport with only those travelling
- Pack disinfectant wipes in your carry-on bag

For more information on flying during COVID-19, listen to EAT MOVE THINK podcast episode 23: HOW TO FLY. You can listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at eatmovethinkpodcast.com

Still have questions? Follow Dr. Aisha Khatib on Twitter @aishakhatib and ask her your questions there.

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Dr. Dana Hawkinson Shows How to Gas Up on a Road Trip During a Pandemic

On the road again! @KUHospital @DanaHawkinson travels to #Colorado and shows us how to #StaySafeStayHealthy from #COVID19 while on a family vacation. First tip? How to fuel up!
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Dr. Stites and Dr. Hawkinson Step into the Freezer Again to Show How Masks Help Contain Droplets

Cloth or Surgical? Both work! See for yourself as Dr. Dana Hawkinson and Dr. Steve Stites go back to the freezer to mask up and stay healthy from COVID-19.

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Traveling Safely During the Pandemic

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can be challenging. But taking proper precautions can help keep you and your family safe. BayCare's CMO Dr. Nishant Anand provides some tips to help people stay safe during their travels.

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