Recommendations to minimize the risk of contagion when traveling by public transport
The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has made many people fear traveling by public transport, as it is perceived as a source of contagion due to the large number of people it concentrates. Despite this, various international studies indicate that public transport is not one of the main sources of contagion of Covid-19. According to a study from Tohoku University (Japan), which followed the coronavirus clusters, it did not link any outbreaks with public transport, but with overcrowded meeting places, such as gyms, pubs or concert halls. Likewise, a study from the University of Colorado Boulder, led by Spanish chemistry professor José Luis Jiménez, estimated that in a three-hour trip by bus or metro with adequate ventilation systems, with minimal of conversation and movement, the probability of contagion is only 1%.
“Public transport is safe, as long as safety and preventive measures can be observed, in addition to having adequate ventilation systems,” says Carles Galán, one of the professionals of the FIES group, a training center with more of 20 years of experience, which develops its activity in the field of emergencies, prevention and health.
<< In addition to the mask, compulsory in all public spaces, and the safety distance of one and a half meters from other people, both at the entrances and on the platform and in transport, frequent hand washing with soap and water or with an alcoholic solution, this is one of the most important measures to take into account when traveling by public transport, since the hands facilitate the transmission of the coronavirus ”, explains Antoni Albiach, one of the health professionals of the FIES Groupe.
Avoid unnecessary travel
“In the midst of the second wave of the pandemic, and with the entry into force of the new state of alert, it is advisable to only use public transport if it is essential. In this way, we not only protect ourselves and the other passengers, but we will leave the bus, train or tram free for those who really have no other choice to move, ”says Carles Galán.
Plan the trip
“It is important to check the transport schedules that we are going to use before leaving, and to avoid rush hours as much as possible, to reduce the risk of overcrowding. It is also advisable to use self-service vending machines and card payment machines, to minimize the risk of infection, ”concludes Albiach.