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  • It creates a protective barrier between your skin and public seating reducing your chances of coming in contact with surface germs and bacteria.

  • It works in tandem with your natural defense system by reducing your chances of coming in contact with surface germs and bacteria.

  • Each travel kit also includes an alcohol-based mini hand sanitizer for quick and convenient hand sanitation.



What are the hazards of occupying a public seat?


Transitional environments such as planes, trains, stadiums, movie theaters and other public venues are havens for commutable illness.  Your skin is the point of first contact for germs that contain cold, flu, staph, tuberculosis and E.Coli. 


Why am I at greater risk of getting sick when I fly?


Due to the high altitudes at which commercial airlines fly, the cabin air is extremely dry, containing as little as 10 percent of the humidity found on the ground.  This leads to dried-out breathing passages which weaken your natural defense system and increase susceptibility to diseases.


To put it bluntly, you are traveling in a tube of partially-recirculated, low-oxygen, low-moisture air, filled with any number of germs, and diseases brought on board by other passengers. 


How do you catch a cold?


The Rhinovirus is transmitted primarily by contaminated hands carrying the virus to the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose.  Hands can be contaminated by direct contact with another person or by indirect contact with contaminated surfaces and items.  Cold symptoms begin between 12 hours and 5 days of exposure (usually 48 hours later).


How do infections spread?


Hands are a significant transmission route for many types of infections as they come into direct contact with known portals of entry for pathogens (mouth, nose, conjunctiva of the eyes, etc.).  


What can I do to help prevent getting sick when I travel?


Due to heavy traffic and the close proximity between travelers, public transportation is a haven for bacteria and germs.  Being aware of your surroundings - what you come into physical contact with can greatly reduce your risk of germ exposure. 


Utilizing protective barriers, such as the Kehei Traveler Seat Cover, regularly washing your hands, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying hydrated and well-rested are positive ways to help reduce the spread of disease and are also helpful in creating a strong defense against germs and bacteria.



You are constantly exposed to both healthy and harmful micro-organisms.  The latter, commonly called germs, are spread by direct contact with another person or by indirect contact with contaminated surfaces and items.  There is a common misconception that a clean looking surface is a germ-free surface.  However, studies have shown that what appears to be dirt-free can be home to millions of harmful micro-organisms.


Whether traveling by plane, bus, train or taxi, catching a Sunday matinee at your local movie theater or cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark, you have utilized a public seat at least once in your life.


Do you know with 100% certainty:


  • Who used (or misused) that seat before you?

  • What are the hygiene practices (or lack thereof) of that person?

  • When was the last time that seat was (or wasn’t) cleaned?

  • Where the record is located indicating the cleaning was (or wasn’t) done?

  • Why the act of occupying a public seat can present several threats to your health?

  • How can you protect yourself?


The truth is that not everyone who occupied that seat is as clean or as courteous as you may be. 

Apart from the obvious precautions, there is not much else you can do… or is there?


  • You are more than 100 times as likely to catch a cold on a plane as in your normal daily routine. ****

  • On average, 50% of men and 75% of women wash their hands after using a restroom.

  • Germs are responsible for over 1 billion colds annually in the United States alone.*

  • About 10 million U.S. adults ages 18-69 were unable to work during 2002 due to health problems.

  • 22 million school days are lost every year due to the common cold.*

  • The virus that causes the common cold and flu have been found to survive for up to three hours on objects such as armrests, tray tables and other similar surfaces.***

  • Cold & flu viruses are a leading cause of doctor's visits.*

  • Children have about 6 ~ 10 colds a year.*

  • In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12.*

  • Women, especially those aged 20~30 years have more colds than men.*

  • Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and children frequently spread the virus to others.*

  • During the Flu season, 59% of surfaces can be contaminated with the Flu virus.**

  • The Flu virus can travel up to twelve feet through the air at 100 mph.*


* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
** "The Occurrence of Influenza A virus on Household and Day Care Center Fomites"; S.A. Boone, C.P. Gerba, Journal of Infection, 2004
***National Institute of Health Fact Sheet
****Journal of Environmental Health Research

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