For many essential workers and school kids, the use of public transport is necessary. However, with strict social distancing and isolation measures in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus, is it safe to catch public transport during a pandemic?
The 13 DOCTOR experts have all the information you need to know.
If I am an essential worker, can I still catch public transport?
The Australian Government has instructed all Australians to avoid any non-essential travel, however, if you are heading to and from work, school or to pick up essential supplies, you can still use public transport. Most services will continue running a full timetable, but it’s important to keep up to date via transport or government websites.
If you are feeling unwell you should avoid catching public transport and stay home to watch out for symptoms including difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever and a cough.
Speak with your employer about options to work from home, or if there is any parking onsite for you to use during this pandemic.
How to avoid catching COVID-19 on public transport?
Adhering to social distancing guidelines can be challenging on public transport but try to do so as much as possible. 13 DOCTOR experts recommend travelling outside of peak hours to avoid coming within 1.5 metres of other people at all times. Try to stay at least two seats away from others to distance yourself.
Cleaning on trains, buses and ferries has increased to ensure key contact points such as doors and poles are kept as sanitised as possible throughout the day. Try to avoid touching these surfaces, and always carry your own hand sanitiser.
What do I do if I experience cold or flu-like symptoms?
If you do have cold or flu-like symptoms, seek medical advice. You can access a video or phone consulation with a doctor through 13 DOCTOR so you can stay safe in your home.
If you need to visit a GP or hospital, call ahead so they can take necessary precautions.