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Your commute & COVID-19: Preventive tips

Prevention is the key to keeping our families safe and healthy during this pandemic scare. We are urging everyone to sanitize their cars thoroughly; everything should be cleaned using soap & water before you sanitize for optimum sanitizing power.

The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries has a list of disinfecting products they suggest, but most household cleaning products are effective. 

In the Car:  

Germs picked up in public places and during a commute are easily transferred, but sanitizing these frequently touched spots in your car can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Car keys 
  • Door handles, inside and outside the car 
  • Steering wheels 
  • Radio buttons, dials, and touch screens 
  • Seat belts and car seats 
  • Cell phones 
  • Purses and diaper bags 
  • Travel cups and cup holders 

Tips for keeping safe while on the road: 

Always use disinfecting wipes or use a barrier method (gloves or tissue) when touching public surfaces. Some examples of public surfaces to be mindful of are-

  • Gas Pumps 
  • Parking meters 
  • Toll road booths 
  • Touch screens and keypads 
  • Shared pens at banks, signing receipts, etc. 

Tips for using public transportation: 

If avoiding ride shares or public transportation is impossible, here are some measures you can take to protect yourself and others. 

  • Avoid touching surfaces when possible 
  • Don’t touch your face 
  • Use debit/credit cards or mobile payments instead of cash (money has tons of germs!) 
  • Keep a distance from other passengers 
  • Bring sanitizing wipes 
  • Bring tissues or gloves for barrier methods 
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol 
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds 

Visit the CDC website for advice and the most recent updates and information about the Corona-virus. 

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