How to Use Public Transit Safely During the Pandemic – One Green Planet

Posted: September 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

The way we travel has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people use public transit and hired cars to travel to and from work or to other obligations. Its a massive part of how we live our lives.

So whats the safest way to travel by bus, train, subway, or hired car during the pandemic? These travel systems have already adapted to the pandemic. In New York City, the subway system is using extra sanitization practices, requiring masks and limiting the number of people allowed in train cars.

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Hired cars like Uber and Lyft have also introduced new practices, including social distancing between driver and passenger when possible and the necessity of masks for both parties.

To keep yourself safe while riding public transit, health experts recommend wearing a mask. This is the most important part of your trip. You have to wear a mask, Shan Soe-Lin, Ph.D., a lecturer in global affairs at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and a trained immunologist told TODAY. Its the best thing you can do.

You can also bring hand sanitizer and wipes to use after touching surfaces. Dr. Anne Liu, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California, told TODAY, echoing what Soe-Lin said about masks, The number one, two and three most important things are to wear a mask, to wear a mask and to wear a mask. Of the things that we recommend social distancing, hand washing (and) mask wearing in a public transportation setting, the most important thing is mask wearing.

Make sure trips are essential, keep a distance from others, and open windows if possible in hired cars or buses to help minimize the transfer of the virus. Experts encourage walking or bike riding if possible.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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