Protective face masks being made at a factory in Shanghai, China. People across the globe are stockpiling masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, depleting online malls and store shelves from California to Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

Want to avoid the coronavirus? Forget face masks, top airline doctor says

  • David Powell, medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association, says masks and gloves do a better job of spreading bugs than stopping them
  • The risk of catching a serious viral infection on a flight is low, he says, and hand hygiene is the best preventive measure – in the air or on the ground
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Protective face masks being made at a factory in Shanghai, China. People across the globe are stockpiling masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, depleting online malls and store shelves from California to Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg
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