The Invisible Plague

  • take flights as early as possible, before the airport terminal (a much higher risk than the plane itself, in my estimation) fills up with slack-jawed divs who chew with their mouths open
  • double masking well before it was cool (primarily to ensure that an N95 mask does not require adjustment over time)
  • learning to fit an N95 properly… they are not at all comfortable
  • the ‘drop and flee’ maneuver — checking bags, then waiting outside the airport before passing through security and moving to the gate only when necessary
  • never eating or drinking anything in an airport or a plane, ever
  • skipping breakfast, and more crucially for me, coffee, in order to never use an airplane bathroom
  • going to a closed airport terminal to use the bathroom rather than use a busy one the single time I got caught out
  • if all else fails, drive

Science and Policy



I write about science. We can probably be friends.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

What’s Behind West Virginia’s Vaccine Success?

Why Some People Feel the Second Shot More

Natural immunity is making the monkeys COVID-19-proof


The New CDC Director’s Most Compelling Pandemic Ideas

Vaccines: Let’s Break it Down

The Latest: What it’s like to be in a Covid-19 vaccine trial

New Jersey Volunteer Fire Departments Struggle with Staffing

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
James Heathers

James Heathers

I write about science. We can probably be friends.

More from Medium

Here we go again…

Bad body high, Edu and Cherry Pie, etc etc Covid

Relationship Between COVID-19 Reported Cases and MTA/FHV Ridership

Vaccine Hesitancy Survey Development