Traveling safely to avoid COVID-19

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 19:39:05-04

Some people are heading back to work, but in this age of COVID-19, the CDC have updated guidelines for how to travel safely. Whether you take public transit or go by car, the CDC says there are ways to lower your risk of infection.

First, be aware of frequently touched surfaces, including kiosks, touch screens, ticket machines or turnstiles. you will want to avoid anything that a lot of people have had their hands on. If you have to touch these surfaces, wash your hands for 20 seconds or rub your hands with sanitizer containing 60 percent alcohol as soon as you can.

The CDC says social distancing is also important in both cars and on public transit. When possible, try to travel during non-peak hours and stay six feet away from those not in your household. Consider skipping a row of seats between yourself and other riders, avoid gathering in groups and stay out of crowded spaces when possible.

For those traveling in taxis or ride shares, the CDC advises opening windows when possible to improve air circulation or adjusting the air condition to make sure the air is not recirculating. The CDC also recommends avoiding pooled rides or rides where multiple passengers are picked up who are not in the same household.