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Take this seat on an airplane to reduce your chances of getting sick

Whether it’s traveling with pets on United Airlines UAL, -1.55% or electronic gadgets on Delta Air Lines, DAL, -1.41% flying can be a nerve-racking experience.

Unfortunately, infectious diseases like to travel too.

On 10 transcontinental U.S. flights, researchers at Emory University chronicled the movements of individuals in the economy cabin on single-aisle aircraft and simulated the transmission of germs during flights based on these data. “With over 3 billion airline passengers annually, the in-flight transmission of infectious diseases is an important global health concern,” the authors wrote. “Over a dozen cases of in-flight transmission of serious infections have been documented, and air travel can serve as a conduit for the rapid spread of newly emerging infections and pandemics.

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