How not to catch the virus on public transport

How not to catch the virus on public transport

We often forget about these simple rules. And for good reason.

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Dress for the weather

It's easy to dress up in the cold just because stopping near home is a bad idea. Even if you spend most of your time in transport.

You never know what awaits you in the approaching minibus: stuffy and stampede or damp floor and open Windows. You can come out of there both sweaty and completely frozen, which, according to some reports, increases the risk of catching a viral infection.

Protect yourself from the sick

It is impossible to completely protect yourself in transport. But you can reduce the risks. And going to the other end of the car is not as effective as simply turning away and holding your breath for a few seconds when someone sneezes or coughs.

Viruses and bacteria instantly spread throughout the cabin, but quickly settle. It is important to protect the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes and mouth while the infection is still in the air.

For the same reason, do not try to get in the tail: according to the laws of physics, air flows along with viruses eventually go there. At the door, a constant draft can cause hypothermia. Therefore, places in the middle are safest.

Touch the surrounding objects less

Try to ride sitting down, so that you can hold on to the handrails less. It is on them that viruses and bacteria settle, which spread through the air after sneezing and coughing of other passengers.

If possible, pay for travel with an electronic card, if you don't want to worry about how many different microbes live on bills and coins. The card is not only more convenient than cash, but also safer.

Do not touch your face or hair until you have washed your hands or used an antiseptic.

Yes, your shoes should also be washed with warm water and soap when you return home. Settled infection on it, most likely, more than on any other element of your wardrobe.

Don't rely on a medical mask

Modern doctors have an ambiguous attitude to medical masks. Experts from the us centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), for example, recommend wearing them only to those who have already caught a cold and sneezes and coughs — to protect others from infection. Experts of the world health organization add that the mask can also be useful for those who care for a person who has SARS, that is, is in regular and close contact with him.

In other cases, using masks is not very effective. However, they will protect you from accidentally touching your nose or mouth with dirty hands.

Whether to wear it or not is up to you. Just keep in mind that the mask must be replaced with a new one as soon as it becomes wet from breathing (usually it takes 2-3 hours).

Do not eat or drink in public transport

Otherwise, you will pave a direct path for bacteria to enter your body. Wait until you reach your home or office where you can wash your hands. Yes, and eating on public transport is at least indecent.

Choose ground transport

The metro is not the best means of transportation during the epidemic. Although the new cars already have trains of the Moscow metro for the prevention of flu and SARS will be treated with ultraviolet disinfection system, in the subway generally more humid and stale air. In such conditions, pathogens multiply perfectly and easily affect the organisms of a huge number of people gathered in the subway.

Avoid crowds of people

Skip the crowded minibus and wait for the next one. Choose a spacious tram or bus, even at the expense of speed. The less contact you have with strangers, the lower your chance of catching the disease.

Well, if the distance allows, try to walk. At least during epidemics — you will save yourself from infections. In addition, walking is useful in itself.