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Old 09-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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Flying while sick

We are flying out on Sunday. I have caught a bug (virus) from students & I'm not sure about flying now. I am the person you don't want to fly with I'm thinking about sending family without me. What would you do?
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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just remember it is recycled air on the plane and others may not want your bug.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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Most bugs are 24 or 48 hour bugs...maybe you will feel fine by Sunday. I catch the stomach bug from my students nearly every year, and it rarely lasts over a 24 hour period. Hope u feel better!
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Sunday is still 2 days away, call your doctor NOW and explain the situation. They can advise you what to do, and if needed, and if applicable to your bug, they can prescribe something for you so you're not contagious by Sunday, and to alleviate symptoms.

They will also let you know if it's something more serious, that you cannot fly on Sunday, then you'll need Plan B.

Good luck, I'm sure you will be fine!
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just remember it is recycled air on the plane and others may not want your bug.
Really, primarily it's not any longer .
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I would think you will be fine by then. Otherwise be careful about what you touch.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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Sunday is still 2 days away, call your doctor NOW and explain the situation. They can advise you what to do, and if needed, and if applicable to your bug, they can prescribe something for you so you're not contagious by Sunday, and to alleviate symptoms.

They will also let you know if it's something more serious, that you cannot fly on Sunday, then you'll need Plan B.

Good luck, I'm sure you will be fine!
This. I'm a big fan of not flying while sick. You could potentially ruin many others trips by knowingly passing the virus to them. For example, if it's a respiratory virus and you (a general you) were sitting anywhere near my son coughing; he could potentially end up in the ER. Flying not knowing you are sick is one thing but flying when you know you are sick and may pass something to others is selfish IMHO. YMMV.

Definitely get in to see your doctor though so they can check it out and perhaps put you on antibiotics prior to your trip so it is no longer contagious.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:15 AM   #8
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Unless it is a respiratory virus you probably aren't contagious if you wash your hands very well.
You still have a long time till Sunday for a bug to be past the contagious stage. I wouldn't worry about it. Get some rest, drink a lot of fluids.

If it is respiratory you could always wear a mask while you are on the plane. But honestly in 3 days I wouldn't worry about it to much.

Are you keeping yourself in isolation now? I think we all know the answer to that.
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Plus you can get a note from the doctor indicating you are not contagious and ok to fly, should the airline (or passengers near you) need such reassurance.
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This. I'm a big fan of not flying while sick. You could potentially ruin many others trips by knowingly passing the virus to them. For example, if it's a respiratory virus and you (a general you) were sitting anywhere near my son coughing; he could potentially end up in the ER. Flying not knowing you are sick is one thing but flying when you know you are sick and may pass something to others is selfish IMHO. YMMV.

Definitely get in to see your doctor though so they can check it out and perhaps put you on antibiotics prior to your trip so it is no longer contagious.

Good luck.
Just remember the not everyone who coughs on a plane is contagious. The dry air on a plane aggrevates my asthma and I cough, a lot, but no way is my asthma going to get anyone else sick.
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Plus you can get a note from the doctor indicating you are not contagious and ok to fly, should the airline (or passengers near you) need such reassurance.
Absolutely unnecessary.
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Definitely get in to see your doctor though so they can check it out and perhaps put you on antibiotics prior to your trip so it is no longer contagious.

Good luck.


If OP has a virus, antibiotics won't do a thing. Antibiotics work against bacterial infections, not viruses.
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Plus you can get a note from the doctor indicating you are not contagious and ok to fly, should the airline (or passengers near you) need such reassurance.
Don't bother. Anyone could write a letter claiming to be doctor. The airline won't give it any credibility.
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Just remember the not everyone who coughs on a plane is contagious. The dry air on a plane aggrevates my asthma and I cough, a lot, but no way is my asthma going to get anyone else sick.
Yes, I am well aware of that as my son has severe asthma which is why I recommended she go to the doctor. I do not assume everyone on the plane is contagious. In this case, the OP mentioned she caught a bug from a student. The MD can determine if it is viral or bacterial.

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Absolutely unnecessary.
I know they require MD notes from pregnant women in certain situations so they do look at them. They also can deny boarding for passengers they feel are sick. I was watching that show about Southwest and they did deny boarding to an ill person.

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If OP has a virus, antibiotics won't do a thing. Antibiotics work against bacterial infections, not viruses.
Again, I am aware of that and mentioned it in my post and recommended she go to the MD so they can determine if antibiotics would be effective for what she had.
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