How to avoid infection in public transport

01/10​Millions commute to workplaces using public transport mode​

Public transportation is an essential part of urban life, providing convenience and accessibility for millions of people worldwide. However, it gets risky to travel in one as it is also a breeding ground for germs and infections, especially in densely populated areas. As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by infectious diseases, it’s crucial to take precautions when using public transport services. Let’s discuss different ways you can keep yourself free from infections while taking public transport services.


02/10​Wear a mask everytime you step in a crowded bus or metro​

Wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to reduce the transmission of respiratory infections. It helps contain your respiratory droplets and protects you from inhaling potentially contaminated air. Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth securely and replace it if it becomes damp or soiled during your journey.


03/10​Maintain physical distancing​

When possible, maintain a safe distance from other passengers. Many public transport systems have designated seating arrangements or floor markers to help with this. Staying at least six feet away from others can significantly reduce the risk of airborne transmission.


04/10​Use hand sanitizer​

Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Apply sanitizer to your hands after touching surfaces like handrails, door handles, or ticket machines. Make it a habit to sanitize your hands before touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.


05/10​Avoid touching your face or mouth​

06/10​Avoid eating or drinking in bus or metro​

While it’s tempting to grab a snack or a drink during your commute, doing so can increase your chances of infection. Eating or drinking in a confined space like public transportation might require removing your mask, exposing you to potential risks. It’s best to wait until you’ve reached your destination.


07/10​Opt for contactless payment​

Whenever possible, opt for contactless payment methods such as mobile apps or prepaid cards. This minimizes the need to handle cash, tickets, or touch payment terminals, which can harbor germs.


08/10​Wear gloves​

If you’re particularly concerned about contact with surfaces, you can consider using disposable gloves. However, be cautious with their use, as improperly removing gloves can also lead to contamination. Dispose of them properly after use and sanitize your hands immediately.


09/10Clean your personal belongings

10/10​Do not travel in bus or metro if you are not well​

If you’re feeling unwell, experiencing symptoms of illness, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious disease, it’s best to avoid using public transport altogether. Stay home, seek medical advice, and consider alternative transportation options if necessary.


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