Public Transit and Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe During Your Commute


While the coronavirus pandemic still continues, many will eventually have to return to normal life.

Whether you are taking the subway, bus, or train in major cities, your commute will look very different after COVID-19.

As the deadly virus created chaos, public transit throughout the nation slowed or paused travel, reported Today.

While states slowly reopen, services throughout the country has been restored while many follow social distancing rules.

Doctors are now giving tips on how to keep yourself safe on public transit. To keep yourself safe, health officials advise carrying hand sanitizer and wearing face masks while commuting on public transportation.

Dr. Josh Sharfstein, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said that it is essential that people stay off public transit if they experience any coronavirus symptoms.

While commuting to work, Sharfstein said people should make sure that they are not touching their nose, mouth, and eyes. As soon as a person gets off public transit, it is essential to wash your hands with soap and water quickly.

Sharfstein said that employees should try to commute when fewer people are using public transit systems.

"Hopefully, employers will have some flexibility so that people can commute on off-hours," he said. "Also, hopefully, a transit agency will be able to run more trains and buses at peak hours, so there aren't as many people on an individual car."

When riding a train, people should avoid sitting next to a stranger. If you are on a subway, you should avoid touching as few surfaces as possible. Cities across the country have already marked spots on platforms for people to social distance.

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