Taking Public Transportation During the Coronavirus Crisis

Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH – Director, Medical Education

Taking Public Transportation During the Coronavirus Crisis Guidelines

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This letter aims to provide guidelines on taking public transportation during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Guidelines to Follow When Taking Public Transportation

Before Traveling
  1. Verify any travel measures or restrictions from local transport authorities and follow their advice.

  2. Consider bringing:

  3. Avoid:

    • Traveling during peak hours

    • Taking public transportation if you are:
      • Feeling unwell
      • An elderly or have preexisting medical conditions
While Traveling
  1. Assess if the arriving vehicle can facilitate social distancing. If not, wait for the next one.

  2. If possible:

    • Use the rear door to board the vehicle and minimize interaction with the driver.

    • Open windows to favor air circulation.

  3. Vacate at least one to two seats from other passengers.

    • If you are standing, keep a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from other passengers.

  4. Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, doors, buttons, and pools.

    • Otherwise, use a tissue to touch or hold them and disinfect your hands afterward.

  5. Avoid touching your face. If possible:

    • Wear a face mask to prevent yourself from touching your face.
    • Use a tissue, handkerchief, or scarf to wipe or remove anything off your face when needed.

  6. Use the inner part of your elbow to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

  7. Refrain from using your phone.

Arriving at Your Destination
  1. Throw away any used disposable protective items.

  2. Observe the preventive measures being implemented at your destination.

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Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH

Director, Medical Education

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