Study: Trays at Airport Security Checkpoints Carry More Viruses Than Airport Toilets

By Anna Breuer on 6 September 2018
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The plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints harbor the highest levels of viruses, a recent study revealed.

The study, conducted by the University of Nottingham, found that the most common virus at an airport was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, and researchers also detected the influenza A virus.

No viruses were found on toilet surfaces.

To avoid catching a virus, passengers need to be vigilant when washing their hands.

“People can help to minimize contagion by hygienic hand-washing and coughing into a handkerchief, tissue or sleeve at all times – but especially in public places,” said Jonathan Van Tam, a professor of health protection at the university’s school of medicine.

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