Raymond Wang: How Germs Travel On Planes, And How We Can Stop Them

(Last Updated On: October 25, 2017)


Raymond Wang is only 17 years old, but he’s already helping to build a healthier future. Using fluid dynamics, he created computational simulations of how air moves on aeroplanes, and what he found is disturbing — when a person sneezes on a plane, the airflow actually helps to spread pathogens to other passengers.

Wang shares an unforgettable animation of how a sneeze travels inside a plane cabin as well as his prize-winning solution: a small, fin-shaped device that increases fresh airflow in aeroplanes and redirects pathogen-laden air out of circulation.

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