Raise your hand if you’re paranoid about catching the flu. My hand is raised, but I’m more worried about my little man catching it than catching it myself. That’s why my wife and I decided to cancel all of Jack’s flights until after flu season. His pediatrician highly recommended he not travel, telling us that every time you get on a plane, the chances of catching the flu increase by 1,000%. Gulp!
I got a flu shot, and I’ve been washing my hands frequently and making a conscious effort not to put my hands and fingers near my face. So far, so good. But since I do have to fly several times this week I decided to spend extra to fly first class so I won’t be near as many passengers. Of course, in the end it’s a crapshoot since I could be sitting closer to a sick passenger in first class.
Anyway, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has created an interactive map that shows which states have the most and least cases of influenza-like illness (ILI). The map is updated every week and “uses the proportion of outpatient visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness to measure the ILI activity level within a state. It does not, however, measure the extent of geographic spread of flu within a state. Therefore, outbreaks occurring in a single city could cause the state to display high activity levels.”
Elsewhere, WebMD has its own interactive map with which users can enter a city or zip code to find out the cold and flu activity there. If you really want dive deep into flu activity, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has an informative U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report here.
On a related note, according to an investigation by an insurance company, the dirtiest places in an airport are:
- Number one: A self-check-in screen. The average screen tested contained 253,857 colony-forming units (CFU)—with one screen having over one million CFU. In comparison, 172 CFU are found on the average toilet seat.
- Number two: The second dirtiest place in an airport is a bench armrest at a gate (averaged 21,630 CFU).
- Number three: A water fountain button, in the third spot, averaged 19,181 CFU.
You can bet that the next time I touch any one of these, I’m going to wipe it down first and wash my hands after.
Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Just fill in your email address and check the Daily Travel Tip box—and you’ll have Johnny’s best tips, straight to your inbox each day!
If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check the Daily Travel Tip box on the same page and you’ll receive an email with a link to update your JohnnyJet.com preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Our best offer ever! Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,250 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- Enjoy new benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3X points on dining and 2X points on all other travel purchases, plus more.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 100,000 points are worth $1,250 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.