Study says that Two-seat hot zone is responsible for flu spreading on planes

June 20th, 2011 - 8:35 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Duncaster, England, June 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have come up with the hot zone regarding flu infection in an airplane. In a study which was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the scientists concluded that passengers who sit within two seats away from an infected person have the highest risk of contracting the virus.

The study was conducted during the heat of the H1N1 flu pandemic that claimed some lives all over the world. The researchers studied and tracked the infection trend in passengers who made a long journey to Australia in two planes. The study was conducted in May of 2009.

The researchers found that sitting two rows from a person with flu infections increased one’s risk of contracting the virus by 3.6 percent. The risk is increased to 7.7 percent if the person sits within two seats of the infected person. The scientists explained that the two-seat hot zone refers to two seats on all sides of the sick passenger including the front and the back sides.

Subsequently the scientists warn that should anyone find that they are within the specified radius, they should do well to change the seat to be assured that they are safe. Passengers are also warned to as much as possible avoid touching things including their face when they find that a passenger in the flight is coughing and sneezing during a flight.

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