Don’t get on an airplane right now unless you absolutely have to.

Don’t leave your house unless you have to, frankly. The coronavirus pandemic: still a thing. Hospitalizations and deaths have been declining, but transmission rates have recently crept higher in L.A. County, and public health officials have not declared it jet-setting season yet.

There are reasons some people might still need to get on a plane, like caring for a family member in a medical emergency, or relocating for a new job. A recent study showed how the novel coronavirus had spread on two international flights earlier this year. But both incidents took place before airlines implemented mandatory mask-wearing. Traveling by plane is likely safer now — but not without risks. If you absolutely have to fly, here are tips from experts on how to do it as safely as possible.

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