The Mass Transit Rider’s Survival Guide to Avoiding Disease

Due to the recent outbreak of the CORVID-19 outbreak, several mass transit agencies across the US are taking strong measures to stop the spread not only of the coronavirus but other infection diseases, including the common cold and the influenza virus. 

However, rather than wait for public transit agencies to take action, there are steps you can take to prevent you from picking up viruses and diseases when you take public transportation. 

Step #1 –  Don’t Use Your Cellphone

Did your jaw just drop open? We know this is a shocking thing to say but some experts believe that some germs can actually land on your phone, which you touch with your finger, and then use that same finger to rub your eye, for example. Other experts disagree, but after all, what can it hurt? Not using your phone may be a good excuse for you to keep your hands in your pocket so you don’t touch other surfaces and that you don’t touch your face. 

Step #2 – Avoid Sick People if Possible

While this is a no-brainer, we realize that sometimes, it is simply impossible to stay far away from someone who is sneezing or coughing. If for some reason you can’t avoid this person, at least try to stay upwind or turn your back on them. 

Step #3 – Try to Avoid Handrails

Our hands are the easiest route for viruses and other pathogens to gain access to the face. Again, this might not always be possible, but as much as you can, avoid handrails, guardrails, stairway railings, or the backrests of seats as you move about. You can hold onto these items using a tissue as a barrier, then dump the tissue in the trash as you exit. 

Step #4 – Don’t Rest Bags on the Floor

It is not uncommon for your purse, shopping bag, briefcase, or backpack to hit public areas, such as handrails, or for these heavy items to be laid on the floor between your legs. Don’t ever set your bag on the floor if humanly possible. Every cough, sneeze, and drop of infected mucus is lying on the floor! Always carry disinfecting wipes inside your bag or briefcase so you can wipe down the surfaces as soon as possible. Wipe your hands as well. 

Step #5- Do Your Best to Avoid Touching the Turnstile

If you pass through a turnstile en route to your public transportation, do what you can to avoid touching it directly. Put your hands up over the turnstile and use your hip to walk through or if you must touch it to insert a coin or a pre-paid card, use a tissue as a barrier and throw the tissue away. Remember to disinfect transit cards as well. 

There is a great deal of misinformation being spread around about how to stay safe. If you have questions, you can always check the CDC website for the latest information about current events, such as the coronavirus, or other pandemics that may strike in the future. 

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