4 tips for minimizing COVID-19 risks when using personal vehicles
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released tips for minimizing everyday risks of getting and spreading COVID-19, including when using personal vehicles.
The CDC recommends that those using any type of transportation should follow these general principles: practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, practice social distancing, wear cloth face coverings, stay home when sick, pack sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer, and limit your travel if you are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
In addition to the general rules, here are the four tips for minimizing COVID-19 risks when using personal vehicles:
1. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (for example, the steering wheel, gear shift, door frame/handles, windows, radio/temperature dials, and seat belt buckles).
2. When using parking meters and pay stations, consider using alcohol wipes to disinfect surfaces or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol after use. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as it is possible.
3. Consider limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle to only those necessary (for example, choose one or two family members who are not at higher risk for severe illness to run the essential errands).
4. Improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible (for example, open the windows or set the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode).