The case for obsessive hand hygiene
Travelers are herded into shared spaces and exposed to each other’s profile of pathogens hour after hour. A quick turn-around of the plane, train or cruiser leaves a residual base of germs to build on and the recharging of these reservoirs starts again. There is one universal precaution that works well - GOOD HEALTH! Second to that is obsessive hand hygiene.
Ten Commandments For The Caring Traveler
1. Build your immune system before travel.
2. Hydrate for days prior to departure, like preparing for a marathon. This will give you enough time for your body to process the water, so you can minimize the use of restrooms.
3. Don’t drink alcohol, coffee or tea before or during the trip as it is a diuretic, meaning that it increases the level of water that the body excretes through urination.
4. Use the cleanest restroom you can find at the terminal. Wash hands thoroughly.
5. Don’t board sick.
6. Avoid unnecessary contact with service staff as they are frequent carriers.
7. Use hand sanitizer wipes after ticketing and again in any holding area.
8. After boarding, when seated, wipe hands first and then the tray-table (for the air traveler).
9. Use wipes again before and after any meal service.
10. Do not use the restroom unless absolutely necessary.