The coronavirus epidemic is raging in the world, and every day more and more people are thinking about how to protect themselves from possible infection. Some people prefer to shop for groceries and sit at home, but what about those who have to travel to work / on business every day?
First of all, such people should refuse to travel by public transport. It is best to switch to a private car, but if this is not possible, then you should use the services of a taxi or car sharing, the latter option being the least preferable.
Listed below are some guidelines to help you minimize the risk of infection in your vehicle. They will be of interest to both taxi drivers and their passengers, and ordinary motorists who travel from time to time.
The World Health Organization notes that particles of the COVID-19 virus can settle on various surfaces and remain dangerous for several hours, or even days. This means that people can become infected simply by contact with various objects in the interior of the car.
These can be both door handles and direct controls (for example, a steering wheel, gearshift lever, as well as a multimedia system screen). Therefore, to minimize the risk of infection, the interior of the car should be regularly treated with germicidal wipes, alcohol-based gels or special solutions. Note that items with leather upholstery can be sensitive to alcohol-based products, so you need to be careful with them.
First of all, taxi cars, as well as cars for carsharing, are at risk, since several dozen people pass through them every day. At the same time, drivers are advised to wash their hands more often, and passengers – to limit contact with interior items as much as possible.
Airing the cabin and using disinfectants
In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, doctors recommend regularly ventilating the interior of the car, because if a sick person is inside, then air stagnation can lead to the fact that other people inside will become ill after him.
Note that on the market of car accessories and on many Internet portals (for example, the same Aliexpress), special devices are sold for disinfecting the interior. These can be both simple air purifiers and quartz lamps and ultraviolet emitters powered by the on-board network.
Plus, recently, special disinfectants have also appeared on the market, which spray an antimicrobial solution of formaldehyde. In fairness, we note that the effectiveness of all these pribluds has not been confirmed, so whether it is worth purchasing – decide for yourself.
Refusal to settle in cash
Taxi drivers and their passengers are advised to refuse to pay in cash. Money itself is a dangerous carrier of various infections, so during an outbreak of such a dangerous disease as coronavirus, it is worth minimizing its use.
Fortunately, in modern realities, you can pay for purchases and services using plastic cards, or even remotely (for example, from smartphones). Recently, at some large gas stations, you can buy fuel without leaving the car at all.
Ordering food to go
If during the trip you wanted to have a bite to eat, then it is not a good idea to stop by in public catering and cafes, because in crowded places, the risk of infection is highest. However, it is not at all necessary to stay hungry – you can order food to go. Fortunately, this service is offered not only by numerous fast foods, but also by full-fledged restaurants.