How to safely use public transport during the coronavirus pandemic: From taxis to Ubers, 9 simple tips
The lockdown restrictions continue to ease up as some of us head back to work or out into the world. But how do you control the spread of the coronavirus when using public transport? We’ve got 9 tips to keep you safe when travelling by public transport.
Whether you’re going to work, running errands or just need to get from A to B, often public transport is the only way to do that. But what about your health and safety during this pandemic?
It’s easier to control your own personal space and keep your home and belongings sanitised but if you’re on a taxi with a lot of people, how can you still do that? You don’t know who has been in and out of the vehicle so it’s important for you to take control of your own hygiene while travelling.
There is a lot of the potential risk of infection on buses, taxis and Ubers. This largely depends on how crowded they are, and the measures taken to prevent the spread. This applies both on the vehicles and at stops.
If you’re not using public transport right now and have your own car, be sure to follow these guidelines.
Tips to stay safe while using public transport
Wherever you go, make sure you practise perfect personal hygiene. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure you’re washing your hands correctly!
Take a look at these other tips to keep in mind:
1. Avoid public transport if you’re feeling ill or if you’re elderly
The elderly and anyone with underlying health issues, a sore throat or a fever should avoid public transport. If you’re sick in any way, make sure you avoid public transport and coming into direct contact with others. If you’re elderly, try to travel outside of peak times to avoid too many people.
2. Make sure you wash your hands!
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hand sanitizer or soap before and after using any form of public transport. There are many surfaces in taxis and Ubers that are frequently touched (door handles, seats etc) that are difficult not to touch. As best as possible, avoid these areas and make sure to keep your sanitiser close by.
3. Try not to touch your face
The virus can transfer easily from your hands to your eyes and mouth if you touch your face and this is the easiest way for you to get sick.
4. Avoid crowded buses or taxis
This is sometimes unavoidable but try your best to wait for another bus/taxi if you can’t social distance in the one in front of you or find ways to travel outside of peak times to avoid the rush.
5. Try to practice social distance while travelling
On buses or taxis, make sure you leave a seat open between you and the person next to you. Social distancing is still critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19. It is important to limit your contact with people outside of your home.
6. Sneeze into the fold of your elbow or a tissue
This is the easiest way to avoid spreading your own germs onto others (you might think you don’t have the coronavirus but it’s better to be safe). Make sure to always wash or sanitise your hands after sneezing or coughing.
7. Take a less busy route
By taking the route less travelled, you’ll be able to reduce the number of people you come into contact with. It’s also important to try and choose a route that doesn’t have many stops where multiple people are jumping in and out of the vehicle.
8. Wait for other passengers to get off before boarding
By waiting for passengers to get out of the vehicle first, you have less chance of brushing up against them and touching them as you enter. This will help you reduce the number of people you come into contact with.
9. Wear your mask at ALL times while travelling!
Almost everywhere you go right now requires you to wear a mask, public transport is no exception. Keep your mask on at all times and avoid touching it or readjusting it.
Your health is your priority so if you’re not comfortable travelling, try work from home if you’re able to. It’s all of our jobs to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Even though the world has started to open up again, the threat of the virus is still very real.
If you’re worried that you may have the coronavirus, take a look at what to do if you have mild symptoms and make sure to seek medical advice!
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