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Summer Travel Health Advice

Use soap, water, and a dash of common sense.

Leave Fear -- and Masks -- at Home

Do not let fear of SARS ruin your summer vacation, Freedman says.

And even though designer masks are popping up in some airports, Freedman advises against them.

"They probably don't do a whole lot of good and may even facilitate the spread of germs," he says. Typically, masks bought in stories do not have a tight fit, he explains. Plus, they get easily soiled, so you may inadvertently spread germs when taking them off. Finally, the pore size is insufficient to catch viruses or bacteria, Freedman says.

"SARS may dominate the headlines, but there's no reason it should dominate your trip."

Published May 22, 2003.

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