The entire backbone of the urban population has been dismantled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, including the use of public transport. In India, many people are dependent on public transport like metro rail systems, public bus facilities, auto-rickshaws, inter-state railway systems, and app-based cab services for their daily commute to and from work and other necessary travels. Also, given the fact that a major population of urban India belongs to middle-class commuters, hence the usage of public transport is very high.
However, the usage of public transport comes with a set of its own drawbacks and requires a considerable amount of safety measures and hygienic routines to be followed especially during the Covid-19 situation. People who commute daily by using public transport must follow the social distancing norms and wear masks while traveling to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Apart from this, you can start using ayurvedic hand sanitizer that prevents germs from spreading. You can protect your family and community by taking these safety precautionary steps and boost your immunity strength.
To make traveling by public transport hassle-free and hygienic during Covid-19, let us look at some of the approaches we can adopt to keep ourselves safe from becoming ill or affected by the virus.
Follow Hand Hygiene Continuously
Everyone who is commuting via public transport should make it a practice of washing their hands with soap water for about 20 seconds before leaving home. If you are not comfortable wearing gloves, then you can also apply alcohol-based hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol content to keep your hands germ-free whenever you have boarded a bus, cab, train, or any other form of transportation. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after reaching your destination and while traveling avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your unwashed hands. Following this precautionary measure can keep your hands clean and can help you avoid unnecessary health problems.
Carry Pocket Tissue Papers
A highly effective way of preventing germs to spread in public transport is by using tissues whenever you are coughing or sneezing as a part of your respiratory etiquette. You can also cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper and shut your eyes if you see someone standing or sitting close to you is sneezing. This is recommended even when you are at closed spaces like offices or restaurants. Using antibacterial wipes during a traveling to clean your hands or wipe your face can be extremely handy in keeping you safe and hygienic. Remember to dispose of the used tissues in proper bins and do not litter the roads by throwing them away here and there.
Follow Social Distancing Norms
Maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) is advisable during transit. Keep a certain distance from co-passengers who do not belong to your household. Also, follow the same procedure of 6 feet apart distance from other people when you are waiting in queues at bus stops or at railway station ticketing counters. While traveling in public transport, if possible, skip a seat and sit in the next one to maintain a gap between you and the other passengers. Avoid crowded buses or metros, and wait for some time and board the next one.
Wear A Mask or Face Shield
Wearing a face mask is mandatory whenever you step out of your house. More so, you can also wear a face shield to cover your face and wear an air mask to cover your mouth and nose when you are using public transport vehicles.
Avoid Eating or Drinking Outdoors
To keep illness at bay, you should avoid purchasing food items or water bottles from street vendors who sell them in the open. Try to make it a habit of carrying your own water bottle and homemade tiffin to avoid purchasing from hawkers during a commute. Bringing your own water and food is not only healthy but is also free from the risk of contamination.
Sanitize Yourself and Change Clothes When You Reach Home
Majority of the people have the habit of entering their bedrooms or lazing around on their sofa in dirty garments after returning back from the office or work. This not only increases the chances of infection but transmits the germs in the bed, sofas or couch. If there are elderly people at home or even kids, they are prone to such infections quickly and can fall sick or get a fever. Thus, to ensure maximum hygiene, you should immediately change your dirty clothes once you reach home and take a bath with antiseptic skin liquid or sanitize yourself with ayurvedic sanitizer sprays. Make sure to give the worn clothes for laundry or wash them in the washing machine with detergents before wearing them again.
Avoid Going Out Unnecessarily
If there is no need for you to go out, then it is best to stay indoors. As most people are doing work from home during the Coronavirus pandemic, the usage of public transport systems like a carpool, bus, shared rides, or metro railways has been decreased. Also, the elderly persons who suffer from asthma, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, respiratory problems, etc., and pregnant women who fall under the category of high-risk must avoid going out as much as possible. They should also avoid using public transport for commute and are advised to stay at home. This will ensure their safety and keep them from falling sick.
These are some of the guidelines which you should follow even after the lockdown because Coronavirus is still there and is affecting many people regularly. Avoid getting infected and spreading it to your beloved family members by practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing your hands during traveling.