I have several trips booked during the next two months (including a mileage run stopping in two different European countries). With coronavirus fears spreading around the globe, I debated whether or not to wear to a mask during my travels — especially on airplanes.

Because those surgical masks protect you from coronavirus — right?

According to Dr. David Powell, who serves as medical adviser to International Air Transport Association (IATA), masks and gloves actually are more effective spreading bugs than stopping them.

So what’s the best defense against coronavirus — especially when traveling?