In the second week of stricter Movement Control, Malaysians everywhere are playing their part to curb the dreaded Covid-19. Everywhere you read, whether it’s the social media, newspaper or online sites, it tells you to stay home and practice social distancing. But, there are people who still need to go to work, especially those who work in hospitals, restaurants or eateries and more.
Although traffic has cleared up considerably since the Restricted Movement started 18 March, there are still people going about their business in their cars and those who use public transportation. This article offers some tips on how you could prevent from the Covid-19 spread if you take public transportation on a regular basis.
When mentioned public transportation, it includes car rentals, ride-share, e-hailing or taxis, buses, LRT/MRT/KTM/ ERL and planes. In this case anything that comes into contact with a number of people can be a potential source of the covid-19 spread. Car rentals are one that people might not have considered, but certain companies are taking extra steps to prevent and reduce the spread. Some car rental companies have introduced the practice of cleaning the cars after each rental.
Grab, the country’s biggest e-hailing and delivery service organization, has announced temporarily stoppage for food delivery for a duration. Grab didn’t stop its transportation service entirely, but they stop Grabshare and Grabbike (delivery) to encourage social distancing. In a statement, Grab urges drivers and passengers to take precautionary measures by using Grabpay or e-wallet payment. They also introduced an opt-in Ride Cover insurance for passengers until the end of April.
Stay home and do your part
Regardless of all precautionary measures, the best course of action to prevent from this pandemic is to stay home. In other words, stay away from the streets and people. That means avoiding ride-hailing services completely if possible.
Unless you’ve no choice, then make sure to put on a mask and have a hand sanitizer handy. If you take a taxi, try to refrain from touching surfaces in the car and when you arrive at your destination use the sanitizer. At all times, remember to wash your hands every couple pf hours and try not to touch your face. Users of public transportation such as buses and trains should wash their hands and practice social distancing. Many transportation agencies pledged to install additional sanitizing stations and encouraged riders to remain at least 3-6 feet away from one another.
Another precautioney measure is to wipe down areas that you will immediately come into contact with, such as rails, grab handles and seats. Some people use this procedure on planes, but it may be helpful for public transit as well.