It is inevitable that you will be using public transport at some point in your day to day lives. For example, the Mumbai local train network is the lifeline of the city and without this local mode of transport, the city comes to a standstill. If you are affluent and have not travelled through public transport, you will be missing out on the biggest thing which is saving time. However, travelling on public transport brings its own challenges.
Public transport network breeds with germs and is terrifyingly untidy and unclean. It is a known fact that people who are likely to take their own personal transport are less likely to suffer from acute respiratory illnesses compared to people who take public transport. However, there is a silver lining in that too. It may come as a surprise to you that you are at a better chance of developing your immunity if taking public transport rather than a personal commuter.
Our aim is to provide you with the best guidance to protect yourself while using public transport.
Top 5 Hygiene Tips For a Public Transport Commuter
Carry a Hand Sanitizer
It is a blessing in disguise when you do not have access to clean water and soap to wash your hands. Ideally, once you reach your destination you should wash your hands thoroughly before commencing any work or eating. This will prevent you from getting germs that you have acquired from the public transport or the environment inside you. A hand sanitizer like Be. The Solution can be your perfect hygiene partner on the go. It can provide you with clean and safe hands immediately.
Wear a Facemask
Air pollution levels are the highest in India currently and thus urgent measures need to be taken to use face masks to protect ourselves. This will ensure that bacteria, pollutants and dust are kept at bay. Refer to our air pollution crisis in the previous blog for more information.
Carry Wet Wipes
Most wet wipes are anti-bacterial and good substitute when you don’t have access to clean water or hand sanitizer. They are easy to carry and can have multiples uses like wiping hands, cleaning face or surfaces which you sit or hold on to.
Consume Safe Drinking Water
Always carry sufficient water from home before you start commuting. Drinking contaminated water can lead to water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis. If the water facilities on your way are not satisfactory, always go for packaged drinking water.
Time your travel carefully
Travelling during peak hours of the day can lead to you coming into close contacts with other people, hence exposing you to more bacteria. It is very wishful and ideal that you do not experience a rush on your commute but you can at least plan your travel to avoid chaos during your journey. Plan ahead by buying smart cards or travel passes to avoid standing in long ticket window queues with other people.
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