“Handwashing is more effective than face masks with this particular virus, particularly if you’re not infected,” Dr Sohail Ghandi, president of the Ontario Medical Association, told CP24.
Travellers should be sure to wash hand with both soap and water and limit contact with their face.
Cabin crew for a number of airlines are now wearing surgical masks; however, the CDC is recommending airline staff also wash their hands frequently and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
If you do opt to use a surgical face mask, experts advise changing them regularly to avoid virus becoming trapped.
UK airports and airlines are taking measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
A Gatwick spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “In line with advice from Public Health England, an advanced monitoring process is in place for direct flights between Gatwick and China.