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Regardless of what health and safety experts say, some people will still travel during the pandemic. Here are some tips on how to do it safer if it’s necessary.

“Flying has been shown to be a safe mode of travel during the pandemic,” said Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient safety officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“The time spent in the airplane itself has been demonstrated to be safe, with thousands of flights successfully completed without evidence of transmission and only a handful of cases of transmission while in the air.”

Because of improved ventilation systems viruses may not spread easily on flights, but this is not a reason to let your guard down, Gonsenhauser said. Take precautions seriously and vigilantly adhere to recommendations on mask use, physical distancing and hand hygiene. 

“We have not demonstrated that the ventilation system decreases
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