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A New Tip on Avoiding a Cold that Could Ruin Your Dive Trip

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Most of us divers worry about catching a head cold that will affect our diving, and I'm most worried during a long flight to somewhere exotic and expensive.

There's help, says a study compiled by researchers at three American universities and published recently in Physical Review, that says there are effective ways of minimizing the risk of contracting in-flight infections.

They say you can reduce the odds significantly by the way you board the plane. They found that the time spent in close proximity to other passengers after boarding and standing in the aisle to find your seat increases infection risk by 67 percent. When planes were boarded from both front and rear, they found that the infection rate dropped to 40 percent. The larger the plane -- that is, the more seats -- the bigger the risk....

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