How to Reduce COVID-19 Risk During Your Commute

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Whether you are getting to work via train, bus, tube, or carpool, here’s how to do it more safely.

Your ability to reduce Covid-19 risk rests on your ability to keep your distance from others, and that depends on what sort of transportation you’re taking. In England, the government's message is now to stay 1m or more apart from people outside your household. 

While it's known that the virus can contaminate surfaces in enclosed areas like on public transport, it's not certain exactly how often that actually translates to a new infection. Older research has suggested a link between commuting on the London Underground and the likelihood of catching respiratory illnesses. Dr Lara Gosce, at the Institute of Global Health, says her research showed people who used the Underground regularly were more likely to suffer flu-like symptoms.

A growing amount of research, however, suggests that commuting via underground or train may be safer than we think. Santé Publique France, the national public health agency, identified only four COVID-19 clusters in Paris related to transportation as of July 15 accounting for approximately 1 percent of all clusters. Similarly, researchers in Japan found no clusters connected to the country’s commuter trains.

Keeping a distance, wearing a mask, and avoiding touching surfaces (or washing your hands if you do), can all mitigate the risk of infection.

Government advice is now that people ''can help control coronavirus and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive".

Travellers are advised to:

Travel at off-peak times

Take a less busy route and reduce the number of changes

Buy a ticket in advance where possible, or use contactless payment

Keep at least 1m away from people "where possible" and take "suitable precautions"

Wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after completing their journey

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport across the UK.

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