The COVID-19 (currently known as the Novel Coronavirus) pandemic is the biggest issue the world has faced so far. It has affected over a million people worldwide and the numbers are growing day by day. The best way to flatten the curve is by staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing.
But staying at home isn’t always an option, since many still need to get groceries, travel to essential jobs, and pick up medication.
- Limit the places you drive to
Drivers should abide by regulations local health authorities have put in place to slow the spread of the virus, which often include staying put except for essential errands. The more places you go, the higher your chances are of interacting with someone or something with the virus — thus heightening the risk of bringing that into your car.If you are driving your own car, make sure you do not make too many stops along your route to help decrease the chance of exposure.
- Limit the number of passengers you drive around
The risk of exposure also increases the more passengers travel in your vehicle. It would be a big issue if you are alone in the car but more passengers mean more risks. If you have to bring somebody with you, it is much safer for the other person to sit in the back seat.
- Be extra careful of what you’re touching when filling up
Studies have shown that fuel pumps may carry up to 11,835 times the germs of the average public toilet seat. It is highly recommended to wear gloves when touching fuel pumps, keypads, and other high-touch areas at the gas station, which may not be regularly sanitized. Contactless method of payment is also advised.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently to not contaminate the inside of your car
The general-purpose recommendations for avoiding the COVID-19 virus apply to car travel as they would any other part of life.
CDC recommends to use hand sanitizer or alcohol rubs immediately after getting in your car to avoid contaminating it with germs you might have picked up when out and about.
- Be mindful of what you’re transporting in your car, and don’t just disinfect it — disinfect areas where airborne particles could also land.
Anytime you bring foreign, germ-prone objects into your car — such as laundry or groceries — there is a chance that you’re bringing the novel coronavirus in with them.
Slamming a car door or a breeze could send virus-causing particles airborne, so people should disinfect high-impact zones, like the dashboard, accordingly.
- Keep disinfecting wipes in your car, as they’re often used more effectively than sprays
Any EPA-approved disinfecting wipe or spray should do the trick when used according to the directions on the package. Experts recommend letting a disinfectant sit on a contaminated surface for a sufficient period of time — the “dwell time” — is essential for properly killing germs in a car.
CDC recommends using disinfecting wipes and keeping a box in your car for easy access. Wipes are more effective at eliminating bacteria in homes, because when people use sprays, they don’t let them sit on the surface long enough to fully take effect.
- Disinfect your car’s high-touch areas frequently
It is recommended to disinfect high-touch areas every time you get in and out of your car, always disinfect those spots anytime you’ve been out in public.
The steering wheel, interior door handle, gear-shift knob, seatbelt, radio, and cup holder are all potential hot spots for contamination and should be disinfected regularly.
- Have your car professionally cleaned once in a while
It is highly recommended to disinfect your vehicle with a professional cleaning service to ensure proper disinfection of surfaces. There may be some places you might miss with manual disinfection.
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