Precautions to take A complete shutdown of the transport system was essential in India’s lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. Now that the country comes out of the lock-down, the transport system needs to be properly expanded. However, this should not be done quickly. For fear of crowds, commuters like two-wheeler travel in private modes. Cities such as Delhi, which resumed services almost four weeks ago, saw less driving than 20 passengers per bus, although there were limited frequencies on many routes. While in some towns such as Bombay bus crowding is visible, it is provisional and because of the absence of alternatives. In order to achieve a significant modal shift in the transport sector, the public needs to take steps to win confidence in mass transport methods.
Also Read: TEA Or COFFEE Which One Should You Choose
In addition to addressing various social distancing and sanitation concerns and the option of viral transport by taping, pushing buttons on lifts, and handrails on station lifts, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has published guidelines. Similar guidelines should also be followed by other metro systems. Is it sufficient for serious viral transmission to be prevented? Everyone should avoid insignificant travel, especially those at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19, and those living with it. Travel increases your chances to get COVID-19. Individuals can take steps to protect themselves, their communities, and persons at increased risk for serious illness, preventing and propagating COVID-19. For all types of transport, these general principles should be followed:
Wear a Mask covering your nose and mouth at all times in public settings and inside any public or private vehicle or mode of transport when around people who do not live in your household, especially when physical distancing is difficult. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. The following categories of people do not have to wear a mask: A child less than 2 years of age, a disabled person, who cannot wear a mask due to disability reasons.
Practice distancing physically
When traveling, avoid crowds and keep people who are not in your home. For example, when you are waiting at a bus station or choosing a seat on a train, 6 feet (approximately 2 arm lengths). Avoid shared trips where many people who are not in the same household are picked up.
Set yourself on the back of a larger car such as vans and coaches so that you can stay at least six feet away (about two arms) or to the driver as far as you can. Sit diagonally opposite the driver in the back seat if possible.
Practice hand and breathing hygiene labels
Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol before using any type of transport.
After reaching your goal, wash your hands again for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when you arrive.
No unwashed hands touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with the tissue. Throw used tissue into the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or take a 60 percent alcohol hand sanitizer.
Also Read: 7 steps to fight coronavirus
If possible, stay home
People that are sick tested positively for COVID-19 or recently should not use transport options that can put them in close contact with others, such as public transit, rideshare, or taxis, and should stay at home except to seek medical attention. They should travel by ambulance or private vehicle for medical treatment. If they are using transport services for medical purposes, they should call beforehand to inform the driver and other personnel of the service of their illness, to take precautions. If you get sick and public transport, you are only able to take care of yourself, wear a mask on the nose and mouth, practice physical distance and hand hygiene, including use of a hand sanitizing agent with 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Take an appointment in advance for non-emergency medical care and travel, if possible, during non-peak hours if using public transportation.
Have sufficient supplies
Pack sanitizers and hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol before travel (in case you are unable to wash your hands at your destination). Bring your mask always to wear – especially as you drive a train or bus, wait for a rest stop or drive in a car with people outside your household. In case your mask is dirty or wet and a plastic bag that can be sealed into wet or dirty masks, bring additional masks.
Avoid surfaces touching
The restrictions on surfaces frequently touched, such as kiosks, digital interfaces like touch screens and fingerprint scanners, ticketing machines, turnstiles, gateways, toilet surfaces, lift buttons, and banks, as far as possible. When you have to touch those surfaces, wash the hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use a sanitizer based on alcohol, rub the gel on all surfaces of the hands and fingers until your hand is dry. When available, wear tactile payment and doors and trash without touch. If possible, exchange money or credit cards by putting them on a receipt tray or on the desk instead of by hand.
Both authorities and the public need to take action to safeguard the safety of our public transport systems. If no such action is taken and there will later be a major level of viral transmission to public transit, this will result in a shift to private vehicles. With more people being killed by pollution and accidents in India than now by COVID-19, a mode shift from public transport is long-term. Our buses and trains must be seen as safe, so it is essential to ensure public transport – not the virus – is available to the public.
Dealicopter.com wishes you the best, for your and your family’s good health and prosperity, Please use proper protection to destroy the virus, we have to stand together in the battle.
Stay Healthy Stay Safe!