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Taking the bus/metro/train

Text updated on 2020-10-12

If possible, avoid public transportation and choose individual transportation (walking, cycling, scooter, scooter, or car).

Did you know that? A child was infected after a bus trip in which two people from Wuhan were also travelling, who were found to have the COVID-19 disease. To find out more about it

Did you know that? An analysis of 318 cases of cluster infection at the beginning of the epidemic showed that 34% of cases occurred in public transport, with an average of 3.8 infected persons per journey. To know more about it

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If possible, before leaving home, purchase your ticket online to reduce the time spent at the station.

Did you know that? Those who indicated "often" for their frequency of contact with others were proportionately more likely to have COVID-19 than those who had indicated "moderate", according to a retrospective study of January-February 2020 in Shenzhen, China. To find out more about it

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To avoid having to open your bag and take things out during the journey, prepare the necessary items beforehand (pass/ticket, hydroalcoholic gel, magazine, etc.).

Did you know that? The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus stays up to 2 days on banknotes, up to 4 days on steel and up to 3-7 days on plastic. To find out more about it

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Wear your mask for the entire trip.

Did you know that? On January 22nd, on a 4-hour bus ride, an individual suffering from COVID-19 who wasn't wearing a mask contaminated seven people. Some of them were 4.5 meters away. None of the people wearing masks were contaminated. To find out more about it

Did you know that? In several countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Turkey...), wearing a mask is mandatory on public transport. To find out more about it

Why and how to handle his mask?

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Your mask should cover your nose and mouth well.

Did you know that? A man who misplaced his mask was contaminated during a flight from Singapore to Hangzhou, China on January 24, 2020. On the plane, he sat with his mask incorrectly positioned for 1 hour next to two asymptomatic people who then tested positive for coronavirus. The other people around were not infected. They all wore masks. To find out more about it

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If possible, open the windows. Diluting the indoor air with outdoor air greatly limits the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Is the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus transmitted by aerosols?

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Keep a distance of several meters from other travellers if possible, especially if they are coughing or talking loudly.

Did you know that? Speaking loudly generates more droplets than speaking softly. For more information

Did you know that? Several people were infected after a 1 hour and 40 minutes bus ride, while the contagious individual infected with COVID-19 was more than 20 feet away. To find out more about it

Did you know that? A detailed study of people who travelled by train between December 19, 2019 and March 6, 2020 in China revealed that 234 passengers were likely contaminated on the train. In at least 13 cases, the contamination occurred while the contagious individual was off the train. Those who were in the same row as the contagious individual were 10 times more likely to get COVID-19 than those placed one or two rows down. To find out more about it

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Do not talk to the driver, especially if there is no protective cab or devices, except in an emergency.

Did you know that? At the beginning of the epidemic, taxi and bus drivers were among the workers most at risk of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. To find out more about it

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Disinfect your hands with hydroalcoholic gel after touching ticket dispensers, bus grab bars or other shared items. Do not put your hands to your face and do not touch personal objects (mobile phone, wallet...). Even if you wear gloves!

Did you know that? In a hospital in South Africa, in March-April 2020, patients with COVID-19 contaminated other patients who were in very distant rooms. The investigation suggests that these cases of coronavirus transmission occurred through contaminated objects. To find out more

How does she get COVID-19 ?

Travel masked!

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