Every nation is trembling as coronavirus is rapidly spreading. Both the young and old are affected by the dangerous disease. The death toll around the globe is frightening, forcing communities, governments, and citizens to take precautionary measures.
The elderly and other people with serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are the most vulnerable. Although nearly all governments are advising their citizens to stay home, at least some people must go to work or attend to urgent matters in some inevitable circumstances. Since public transport is the primary means people use for travelling, it is vital to consider how the sector can help to reduce the spread of the virus. Herewith are some of the steps the industry should implement.
Although for a long time, cash money has been the preferred payment method, currently, people are opting for other modes with minimal contact with cash. For instance, prepaid cards, e-wallets, bank transfer, and mobile payments are some ways to pay without touching money.
Since coronavirus can survive a long time on surfaces before it dies, people can catch it by touching objects an infected person touched previously. Therefore, if passengers wash or disinfect their hands before boarding the vehicles, the transport sector will reduce the spread of the virus.
To maintain the two-meter distance advised by health organizations, it demands transport vehicles to reduce the number of passengers they carry. This can be achieved by increasing the number of vehicles on busy routes and reducing the number of people allowed in.
The transport sector is encouraged to support the government by advising passengers to wear their masks before they board a vehicle. The masks are important in stopping the particles that spread COVID-19 and it also minimizes touching the nose and mouth.