Public Transport and Coronavirus
To stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is best to stay at home as long as possible, but if there is no choice but to go out, it is best to move by private transport. At any other time, and taking into account environmental reasons, it would be the opposite, but in this exceptional context, we thus avoid exposing ourselves to possible contagion.
When traveling by public transport, the possibilities of contagion by coronavirus multiply. Especially by bus or metro because they are closed spaces in which there is close and direct contact with other users who could be infected by COVID-19. We know that the contagion distance of this virus is short, but it is very difficult to keep the minimum necessary security space inside these two means of transport.
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There is also a multitude of contact surfaces where the COVID-19 virus can be installed since it is known that it is capable of surviving in external elements for several days. The inertia of both the bus and the subway means that you have to hold on to one of its restraints if you are not sitting so that contact with common elements is continuous. Not to mention the continuous use of the stop button or the buttons and levers to open and close the doors. If you ride a bus or metro, it is almost inevitable to touch them, so it is best to try to avoid putting our hands to our faces since the virus enters our body through the mouth, nostrils, or eyes.
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The case is very different in taxis because it is an individual service in which you do not come into ‘direct’ contact with other possible infected, notably reducing the possibility of contagion by a coronavirus. Even so, and despite the efforts of taxi professionals to keep the car clean and disinfected, there may be vulnerable areas, so it is equally advisable not to put your hands to your face and to use, before and after the service, disinfectant gels. There is a simple solution for you to avoid using public transport which is buying a used car online in New Zealand.
A very similar case is VTC cars, with the addition that these can have complimentary bottles of water. You have to make sure that when you open them the first-use security seal is broken, so you know that no one has used them before, although professionals in this sector also tend to be very attentive to this to remove those already used. Finally, there is car sharing and moto sharing.
To avoid contagion by a coronavirus in these means of transport, the idea is to carry a disinfectant gel and use it before and after the service, since we are exposed to many contact surfaces. A vital tip is not to lower the dome of the helmets in the case of rental electric motorcycles, since the inner part of it is very close to the areas of greatest risk of penetration of COVID-19, even reaching contact direct with the nose, chin, or mouth, so contagion would be inevitable.
Be that as it may and you travel in the environment you travel, we recommend taking extreme personal hygiene measures by thoroughly washing your hands, using disinfectant gels, and trying to cover your face with the inside of your elbow when you sneeze or cough. In this way, we will avoid both being infected and infecting others by a coronavirus. We just need to work on slowing the spread of this virus and only then it’s possible to control it. We need to use all the precautions we can to prevent the spreading of coronavirus and control it.