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When a person sneezes or coughs, everyone within 6 feet of him or her is at immediate risk of getting infected. The air is recirculated in close quarters. Droplets can land on the mouth or nose of passengers sitting nearby, after which they are inhaled into the lungs. You can also become sick if you touch a surface an infected person touched and then touch your nose and mouth.