Do you have to leave home to work? Tips to avoid contagions on the routes

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By César Girón, manager of Risk Prevention

Do you have to leave home to work? Tips to avoid contagions on the routes
Do you have to leave home to work? Tips to avoid contagions on the routes

It is very important to avoid viral contagion during the time of health contingency caused by the coronavirus . During your road trips you must take into account several factors and safety measures. Below, we share some that could help you prevent any possibility of transmission.

1. Make sure to keep areas such as the dashboard , glove box, interior lamps, handles, doors, controls, lever, handbrake, and especially the steering wheel clean and disinfected , as this is the place with the most concentration of bacteria. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Covid-19 is more stable on plastic surfaces, since it can remain active for more than 72 hours, most car surfaces are made of such material.

2. According to the National Center for Biotechnology of the United States , the steering wheel has around 624 CFU (bacteria per square centimeter), compared to the screen of a cell phone that has 100 CFU. Other areas with high concentration are the cup holders (506 CFU), the seat belt (403 CFU), the interior door handle (256 CFU), the gear lever (115 CFU) and the volume knob (99 CFU) .

3. Evaluate the use of your car and, if you use it, avoid sharing it, since it is a small place where you can easily contract said virus. Given this contingency, it is necessary to take an adequate space between person and person, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum distance of one meter, since otherwise, contaminated particles can be inhaled.


4. Do not receive anything from the outside (advertisements, newspapers or products), this because if a person who interacts with you can spread microparticles in the air, which remain active for up to 3 hours. If someone else is going to drive or park your car, don't forget to disinfect it in the way I mentioned above.

5. Do not go out if it is not necessary, your house is one of the safest places, which you can keep clean and disinfected. But if for any emergency you get to do it, I advise you to be in your car, in which, in addition to cleaning, passengers should use face masks if any of them is sick or with symptoms such as fever, fatigue or dry cough, according to WHO.

6. If you use public transport for your mobility, take all the indicated sanitary measures, avoid touching the handles of the environment in which we travel, maintain the recommended distance of one meter between passengers and use antibacterial before entering and leaving it.

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