Coronavirus: Commute Hygiene tips

The only advice given to British people concerned about commuting during the coronavirus crisis is ‘wash your hands’, ‘carry hand sanitiser’, or just avoid going on public transport. It isn’t possible for most workers to shun public transport so what can we do to avoid catching it on the way to work?

Viruses such as the coronavirus can live on surfaces for eight to 12 hours – so your commute may be a bacterial hotspot.

Expert Max Wiseberg, who created his own Haymax barrier balm to ward off bacteria, revealed exactly what you need to do to travel to and from work safely amid coronavirus trouble.

From products to buy to habits to make, he says there are four easy tips detailing exactly what you should be doing on your commute. rounds up the airborne allegens expert’s advice below to find out what to do.


1. Wash your hands

You’ve heard it before, but maybe you need a little push to religiously do it.

Max said: “Soap and water works best, and antibacterial hand gels are OK if you haven’t got anything else, but they’re not as good.”

He then cited a study that backed this up, adding: “Some children at a school recently carried out an experiment to find out which is best by placing an unwashed hand on a slice of bread and putting it in a sealed bag, whilst others used antibacterial gel and another group washed their hands with soap and water.

“They left the bags for a few days and the bread from the unwashed hands went black, the antibacterial gel bread went slightly black, but the best was the one with soap and water which went slightly green.”

That’s probably enough to convince you to wash your hands before and after you get on public transport.

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2. Avoid eating or drinking while on public transport

It doesn’t matter how hungry you are, do not have your breakfast or post-work snack on the way home on public transport- wait until you are home and can wash your hands.

Max said: “eating or drinking while on public transport is risky because there’s a higher chance you will touch your face”.

The virus is spread through droplets, and if you touch an infected surface or are sneezed or coughed on by a fellow passenger, and then touch your mouth or face- you could catch the virus.

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3. Wear disposable gloves

You’ve heard that masks don’t work, but you could try wearing disposable gloves.

Max explained: “In an environment like a bus or tube, there isn’t a chance to wash your hands with soap and water, so if you’re really concerned you could opt for wearing disposable gloves or wash your hands the moment you have access to soap and water.”

This way, your hands will be clean once you’ve removed the gloves and used hand sanitiser.

4. Disinfect the area

This might sound difficult to achieve, but it is advisable to sanitise the area you’re sitting in on public transport.

Max said: “If you’re on somewhere like a train with a big table, disinfecting the table might be advisable if you’re going to spend a lot of time on it, eating and working or reading.”

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