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How to avoid catching the flu on a plane
Wait to board. This flu season has been “especially devastating,” so travelers should take precautions, including limiting contact with crowds. Hang back when people rush the gate, and opt if you can for a window seat, where you aren’t exposed to passersby.
Wipe everything. The bathrooms on planes are cleaned between flights, but there’s no guarantee your armrests and tray table have been wiped down. Use an alcohol-based gel or disinfecting wipe—one that’ll kill a virus, not just bacteria.
Stay hydrated. The mucus membranes in your mouth and nose—your best defenses against airborne illnesses—dry out on a plane. So drink lots of water and use a nasal spray; they’re often sold in the terminal.
Turn on the vent. The air blowing out of overhead vents is, surprisingly, more likely to push germs away from you than circulate them from elsewhere on the plane.
Source: Travel + Leisure
And for those who have everything...
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nestlé has unveiled a pink KitKat—the first commercially available product made from so-called ruby chocolate. Last September, a Swiss company announced it had discovered a fourth type of chocolate—after dark, milk, and white—while working with ruby cocoa beans, which produce a distinct berry flavor. Nestlé’s new treat, officially called the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby, can’t be bought in stores outside Japan or South Korea, but Americans can order it online from Japan, where KitKats are so popular they’re available in more than 300 different flavors, including green tea, cherry blossom, wasabi, and even sushi.
About $4, shop.nestle.jp
Source: CNN.com ■