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.