As more and more workplaces open. Getting to and from work safely in the age of the novel coronavirus becomes a bigger concern.
A public service piece by Steven Miller
Lesson 1 – Commute by Car
Since it appears spending extended periods of time indoors with others puts you most at risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. Commuting in your car, if possible, is preferable to public transportation.
Lesson 2 – Practice Social Distancing
If you must commute in a confined space with others. Practice social distancing and remain separated from other travelers by 6 feet or more as much as possible.
Lesson 3 – Choose the least crowded option available
If driving yourself is not an option. Choose the least crowded alternative. With ride-sharing you will definitely be in close contact with the driver.
But, if you live and work in an area where people are more inclined to be out and about. Which leads to large crowds on public transportation and makes it hard to practice social distancing.
Squeezing into a car with one other person may be preferable to spending time around a lot of people in a confined space.
It’s no time to get friendly. Sit in the back seat.
Lesson 4 – Wear A Mask
Anytime you are in a confined space with others. Especially in the context of public transportation when you can be exposed to many people entering and exiting the vehicles.
Lesson 5 – Carry hand sanitizer
Use it immediately upon exiting the vehicle when you reach your destination.
Lesson 6 – Consider Bikes and Scooter
If you don’t want to spend time with others in confined spaces due to the risks. But, do not have a car.
Sharing options may be viable if you don’t have your own. Depending on where you live.
You need to plan ahead if you want to take advantage of them though. By making sure you have a way to disinfect the seats, handlebars, and other surfaces you would potentially come in contact with.
Wipes are probably the easiest most portable way to sanitize if you can find them.
Consider wearing pants too, even if it’s hot out. To minimize potential contact points for virus transmission.
Lesson 7 – Walk
It’s good exercise, it’s free, and you’ll have full control of how you encounter people along the way.
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Steven Miller is a CFA® Charterholder and writer focused on providing people with insight on surviving and thriving in a volatile world.
He's published three books. Most recently The World After Covid 19: Coexisting with the Novel Coronavirus.
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