John Ayo

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Airport Security Plastic Trays Harbor Highest Levels of Viruses

For my traveling friends who want to know the germiest places during a trip…this one ranks right up there. 

What are some of the other places/items that tend to harbor germs? The TV remote for sure…and also the pen you use to sign your name when you check into a hotel!

If you’re traveling and doing the best you can to avoid contracting a respiratory virus in an airport, you may want to avoid touching that tray you put your shoes and other belongings in at the security checkpoint. And, after you do go through security, be sure to wash your hands. A study looking at different airport terminal surfaces found the trays were even more contaminated with respiratory viruses than the toilets — in fact, no respiratory viruses at all were found on toilet surfaces, University of Nottingham reported. Rhinovirus and influenza A were the most common viruses found in the study.

Pathogens on planes are probably some of the worst unseen dangers you may face when you fly, as evidenced by recent news of an entire planeload of passengers being quarantined at John F. Kennedy airport, a result of numerous passengers becoming sick on the flight. While the cause of that illness is still under investigation, it’s probably not any comfort to know that one possible place the contagion could have come from was the security check line. But it should be comforting to learn that there are things you can do to prevent getting ill on a flight.

Of course, you can choose to wear a surgical mask while flying, which can help prevent you from breathing in airborne viruses. But the most common way for you to be infected with disease no matter where you are is actually by touching a contaminated surface, then transferring the germs you pick up to your eyes, nose or mouth. To that end making a conscious effort not to touch your face with your hands is a good move.

Beyond that, making sure to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently is one of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick. When you wash, use warm, running water and soap. Work up a good lather all the way to your wrists for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Rinse thoroughly under running water.

Remember, too, that proper hand hygiene also involves proper drying. Ideally, dry your hands with a sterile paper towel and avoid air dryers, which can spread bacteria and virus-laden particles through the air. Also, always try not to rely on alcohol-based products to clean your hands, as they may increase the likelihood of carrying potential pathogens on your hands by eliminating naturally-occurring protective species.

Finally, your best bet for avoiding any illness is to build up your immune system with nourishing, whole foods. Avoid, and preferably eliminate, processed foods and sugars from your diet, and try to get good, quality sleep on a regular basis.

Also, if you’re flying, once you’re on the plane try adjusting your overhead vent so you have the air current directed away from your face, which might help knock away infectious organisms from your personal space.


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Why Hire John?

You are traveling for business for a reason, and if you can’t perform at your best, it could cause you to lose the sale or impact the success of your event. What’s that worth to you? …And your business or event?

Employee retention and employee engagement are two critical issues that companies are facing today. Could increased stress be a contributing factor?

What Makes John Unique?

John has traveled to more than 26 countries with IBM (sales and training) over 30 years (he’s lived it) and is a Traditional Naturopath (natural health practitioner), meeting planner, consultant, and author. He has taught more than 4,000 people his actionable travel tips and stress management tools with rave reviews. There’s more to it than just exercise and eating healthy.

What Can You Expect?

John is an expert in Wellness, especially when traveling, and will give your participants new information that they didn’t know about how to stay healthy. He is extremely responsive and easy to work with after 25+ years of conditioning by IBM.

You can expect a highly interactive and engaging presentation followed by actionable outcomes for all participants!

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