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Paging Dr. Hamblin: Should I Fly?

If everyone is vigilant and responsible, it can be done safely.
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Dear Dr. Hamblin,

I’m a healthy 76-year-old thinking about taking a nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore. I want to see my daughter and her family, including my grandkids, who have been fantastic about quarantining. I could self-isolate in their basement. For the flight, I have an N95 mask and gloves, and I could get a protective face shield. And as icing on the cake, I can wear a diaper to avoid public restrooms.

Should I get on that plane?


I think you should feel confident about getting on that plane.

The measures you’re

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