India Unlock 1.0: Tips To Stay Safe When Travelling On Public Transport Amid Coronavirus Breakout

Bhavna Acharya |Jun 10, 2020

can we stay safe when traveling on public transport, especially in those jam-packed trains with hundreds of other migrants who have traveled a long way back from their hometown?

As people have to go to work amid the peak of the pandemic, how to stay safe when traveling on public transport turns out to be the topmost concern at the moment. This article will provide you ultimate tips to protect yourself amid the outbreak.

After the Indian government decided to ease the lockdown restriction with Unlock 1.0, more shops and businesses are reopened, public transportations are resumed and everyone is getting back to work in a ‘new normal state’. However, don’t forget that our country is still in the peak of a coronavirus outbreak as yesterday was recorded as the highest day hike of new confirmed cases. The situation is apparently haven’t safe enough for us yet but as the 2-month lockdown took all the toll of our economy, we cannot stay home anymore.

Stay Safe From Coronavirus When Travelling On Public Transport
Domestic flight in India has been resumed after months of suspension

So, can we stay safe when traveling on public transport, especially in those jam-packed trains with hundreds of other migrants who have traveled a long way back from their hometown? You don’t know who you’re traveling with and whether they’re contracting the virus or not. Check out the essential tips to save yourself from coronavirus while traveling on public transport.

Wearing facemask

Obviously it’s the most crucial way to protect yourself from virus infection not only on public transport but whenever you go out. Even when everyone is screened and checked carefully before getting on board, there are possibility that the person who is sitting next to you is contracting the virus. Be careful and put your mask on every time.

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People practicing social distancing on the train

Keep the distance

When it comes to traveling by planes, it’s a must to keep the distance between people. However, it will be more difficult to practice social distancing on jam-packed trains and buses. Anyway, be aware of the personal distance and try to practice it as much as possible, especially seeing someone with sickness symptoms.

Avoid the crowds

Stay away from the crowd if you want to stay safe when traveling on public transport. If it’s possible, try to avoid the peak hour by going to work a bit earlier and get back home later than others to avoid crowded trains and buses. Skipping a couple of trains is quite annoying but your health is much more important.

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A man is a disinfection a bus so passenger can stay safe when traveling on public transport

Clean the seat with alcohol wipes

Whenever you travel on public transport, remember to bring along a pack of alcohol wipes to clean the seat before sitting on it or the hanger before touching it. It’s easy and cheap to get some pack of alcohol wipes or you can pour alcohol into the normal wet wipes to disinfect objects.

Clean your hand frequently

Cleaning your hand with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer is also an effective way to stay safe from coronavirus when traveling on public transport. You will need to touch many things while being on a train or bus. Remember to clean your hand after getting off.

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Passengers will be checked carefully but it doesn't mean that there is no chance of virus spreading

Sit behind the driver on a taxi

Among many types of public transport, taxis appear to be the safest option as you only have to make personal contact. When getting on a taxi, you’d better sit behind the diver to avoid direct contact and droplets landing on you.

Walk or cycle if it’s possible

In case you want to travel a short distance, walking or cycling appears to be the safest way to protect you from getting virus affection. In fact, it’s good for your health in many ways just like we’re doing exercise every day. Try to walk as much as possible even when the coronavirus outbreak is over.

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Above are some effective tips to stay safe when traveling on public transport amid coronavirus outbreak. However, please note that these methods cannot keep you 100% safe from virus infection. The best way is to avoid taking public transport and physical contact as much as possible until the pandemic is over.

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