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Planes, Trains, And Swine Flu

by Laural Porter

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

In case you missed "Straight Talk" on Saturday, Dr. David Jacoby of OHSU says don't worry if you have plans to travel by air.
He told us it's unlikely you'd get swine flu even if someone on the plane has it.
(As long as you're not sitting right next to them.)

Here's a quote from our show:
Dr. David Jacoby of OHSU:
"There is a fair amount known about spreading this kind of disease on an airplane.
The risk is actually fairly low of getting it on airplane, because the ventilation on airplanes, if you think about it, all comes from above.
It's not going forward to back, so there's not a lot of spread around the airplane.
As long as the ventilation system is on, the risk of getting [swine flu] on a plane is fairly low."

He goes on to say there was a study done on a flight that had to sit on the tarmac for a few hours with its ventilation system off.
There was a person with flu on that flight, and nearly three fourths of the passengers got the flu. He said that was likely because the ventilation system was off.

And as far as trains, Dr. Jacoby didn't think Vice President Biden's advice to avoid mass transit was necessary, unless of course, you're sick.

If you'd like to hear Dr. Jacoby's comments yourself, watch the video here on this page. It's about 14 or 15 minutes into the show.
There's a lot more good information, so if you have time, watch the whole show.
Plus, at the end, you won't want to miss our commentary from the left and right on President Obama's first 100 days.

We are still working on this week's "Straight Talk."
Check this blog later in the week, and I will let you in on the subject for the Saturday.

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