5 Eye-opening facts that'll make you a disposable mask convert!
Posted on September 12 2019
Fact #1: When humidity goes down, the spread of germs goes up
Scientists at Columbia University did a study in 2010 that proved diseases such as influenza were more likely to thrive and spread in low humidity environments. And few environments are as dry as the inside of an airplane mid-flight, where humidity levels are usually less than 20%. Join the dots, and it’s clear that the only way to truly protect yourself on an airplane is to create a strong barrier between you and the germs.
Fact #2: Germs are lurking everywhere
Where do you think is the dirtiest place on an airplane? Most people would say the toilets, but a 2015 study shows that there were several places carrying FAR more germs, including the overhead air vent and (overwhelmingly) the tray table. Other grubby hotspots? The drinking fountain buttons, your seatbelt buckle and the lavatory flush button. Having contact with any of these areas and then touching your face or mouth is a sure-fire way to pick up germs.
Fact #3: Proximity is everything
While the World Heath Organization notes that strict regulations regarding air quality and cabin pressure has limited the spread of disease on airplanes, its official guidelines also acknowledge that sitting near someone who is sick on a plane is still risky and could lead to the transmission of infection. They encourage people who are ill to delay flying until they are better, and for flight staff to stop sick passengers from boarding. But these measures are easily overcome, and sniffling and sneezing passengers board flights every day. So it’s best to make sure you have your own method of protecting yourself when flying.
Fact #4: A sick flight attendant is worse than a sick fellow passenger
Flight attendants are incredibly hard working during flights, and come into direct contact with countless people on a flight, and move through all sections of the cabin. A recent study showed that, as a result of this movement, their chances of picking up lurking bugs, and spreading them further, is higher than it would be for a regular passenger, who stays mostly in their seat. So even if everyone around you looks healthy, you still might be at risk.
Fact #5: Barrier protection is the only thing that truly works
If you’re up in the air and unfortunate enough to be sitting near someone who is sick with a cold or flu, there’s only one real way to ensure you won’t get sick: wearing a TECMASK disposable face mask. Each of our masks has a PM2.5 filter that’s been laboratory tested and certified, and they’re proven to block 99% of BFE and PFE particles smaller than 2.5microns in size.
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