The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyday life, from shopping to working to connecting with others. After the lock-down directive by the Federal Government of Nigeria have been relaxed, its essential for us to return to work and face the realities of commuting from one location to another using mass transit/ public transport while ensuring that we minimize the risk of contracting the virus. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself safe while using any means of mass transportation during the coronavirus outbreak.
Ensure less contact with people
The less contact you have with people, the less likely you are to be exposed to the coronavirus. The Federal Government issued directive tor road transport workers and user as follows:
- Allowing only one passenger per row on a two- seat row, two persons on a four seat row
- Increasing bus service on busy routes
- Maintaining at least 2 meters physical distance between yourself and individuals
Practice the Covid-19 prevention measures
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued preventive measure that we can undertake to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the same can be employed while using public transportation. This includes:
- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Washing your hands with soap and water immediately after leaving the public space or using hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
And remember to stay home if you have even mild symptoms associated with Covid-19.
How can I protect myself from coronavirus exposure on public transportation?
Reduce your exposure to germs on public transportation by:
- Avoiding eating or drinking while riding public transportation
- Giving yourself extra time in case you need to wait for a less crowded bus or car
- Keeping personal belongings from touching the ground, seats or other surfaces
- Paying your fare through a no-contact method such as on a website or via an app
- Traveling during non-peak hours to avoid crowds
- Using disposable gloves or a tissue to grab handrails or hand poles
For more information about Coronavirus visit the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) website on coronavirus.