The best option to limit your risk of contracting COVID-19 is to travel alone, or with someone from within your household bubble. Biking, walking and getting a ride with someone you live with are great options if you can manage it, but many people don’t have these options. If you rely on public transportation, here are some tips to help minimize your risk for Coronavirus.
Keep 2 metres apart
Keeping 2 metres apart from people that are not within your household bubble is an effective way to limit the spread of Coronavirus. Most droplets from coughing or sneezing fall to the ground before 2 metres. Remember to keep your distance on buses, and trains as well as in stations and at bus stops.
Change Your Commute Time
Let’s face it, it is difficult to find a seat, let alone social distance on a crowded bus or subway at rush hour. Often, waiting for a less busy option is not, well, an option. If you have flexibility about when you can travel, try to avoid taking public transit in peak times such as the 8-10 or 4-6 rush. You’ll be more likely to get a seat and be able to keep 2 meters apart from your fellow travellers at off-peak times.
Wash Your Hands, wash your hands, wash your hands
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after going out in public. This means that handwashing should be your first activity when you get to work and your first activity when you get home. If you do not have access to soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is good in a pinch.
Avoid Touching Your Face
The Coronavirus spreads when it enters your body through an opening like your eyes, nose and mouth. It most commonly spreads through droplets from being in close contact with someone who has the virus. If an infected person coughs on their hands and touches a handrail, the virus can transfer to your hands if you touch the same handrail.
If you touch your face, you can easily transmit the virus into your body. Some experts advise wearing glove when out in public. It may not prevent you from being in contact with the virus, but you are more likely to remember not to touch your face if you are wearing gloves.
Ask About Cleaning Procedures
Many public transit companies have increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes more frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces and an increased focus on cleaning and disinfecting at the end of each day. Many companies have engaged additional cleaning services such as Parkinson Coach Bus Detailing in Toronto to help keep their riders safe.
Wear A Mask
Masks are a respectful sign that you care about your fellow passengers. While they may not be 100% prevention from you contracting the virus, they are very effective at preventing others from getting sick if you are an asymptomatic carrier or not yet showing any symptoms.
Stay Home if You are Sick
If you are feeling unwell, or have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus, stay home and do not use public transportation. It is very important to protect those who are vulnerable and at high-risk. You should also stay home if you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
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