It’s no surprise that public transportation is susceptible to germ infestations, given the large number of people who rely on crowded buses, trains and planes to get around.
Handrails, seats and doors are germ magnets on buses and trains. Don’t touch these surfaces and then touch your face without first washing or sanitizing your hands. Also resist the urge to put your hands in your pockets after touching these surfaces—you can spread germs to your cell phone, keys, or whatever else you might have tucked away.(6)
Airline travel warrants vigilance as well. To minimize exposure to germs when you fly, avoid using the seatback pocket, as many passengers use them as temporary trash bins, stowing used tissues and even dirty diapers. Skip the tray table too, unless you can clean it with a disinfectant wipe. If you use the plane’s lavatory, be sure to bring disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer along, try not to touch anything directly, and close the toilet lid before flushing. It’s also a good idea to bring your own pillow, blanket, digital entertainment and reading material—the amenities offered onboard have typically been handled by many different people before they are cleaned or replaced.(7)