I am sure by now everyone is aware of the current medical crisis the world is in with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We all look forward to this horrific situation coming to an end, but at this point no one is sure about how or when. As a general public, we are wondering what we can do to help. Most of us aren’t capable of coming up with a cure to this virus, so that is out of the picture, but what we can do is help reduce the spread of the virus, especially in areas such as public transit.
During this outbreak, there are still people who need to take public transit to get to essential places such as the doctor, grocery store, and getting to work. A growing number of people are worried about riding transit with the thought of spreading germs so here is a list of 10 rules to follow if you are going to ride public transit (bus, train, etc.):
- Check transit schedules before you leave to assure all routes are still in service
- Plan extra time in your commute, if your train or bus is too crowded, wait for one less crowded if the schedule allows.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Stay home if sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean areas frequently touched by other riders with sanitizing spray or wipes
- Practice social distancing when selecting your seat on the bus or train. The CDC recommends at least 6 feet between you and another person.
- When using hand sanitizer, make sure the alcohol percentage is over 60%
- Everyone should now wear a face mask
- Bike or walk to work if you can
Please remember, if you are traveling rather than staying home, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. Symptoms of this virus include but are not limited to:
- Spiked fever
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing
Individuals above the age of 60, as well as people with other underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung disease, etc. are more likely to become seriously ill with this virus if exposed. Out of respect for the more vulnerable individuals in our society, a person with any of the symptoms listed above should remain clear of other individuals during their day to day activities.
We will get through these difficult times as long as we follow the recommendations of our healthcare professionals at the CDC and the PA Department of Health. Stay away from people as much as you can, do not be in crowds over 10 people, carry hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes and respect the distance between you and someone more susceptible to this virus. As we continue over the next few weeks/months, the number of cases will represent how well we are doing at following the orders of the CDC. Hopefully, with the help of everyone, we can take this virus down!