Here’s Why Public Transport During Coronavirus Outbreak is a Bad Idea
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Here’s Why Public Transport During Coronavirus Outbreak is a Bad Idea

March 23, 2020

The entire world right now is collectively dealing with Coronavirus- a pandemic that has recorded about 2 lakh cases in a short period. A family of viruses, it is known to cause illnesses ranging from common cold to more severe health challenges like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). 

What makes Coronavirus infection so dangerous is that it spreads through human transmission. That is the reason why there is an emphasis on social distancing and coronavirus precautions that can be taken by reducing travelling and contact with other people. 

Keeping in mind how a large population comes together in public transportation systems, India Travel advisory has stated that people should avoid using any public transport until the crisis subsides, as much as possible. It may have left many of you wondering as to why such (COVID-19) travel advice has been issued considering the widespread use of public transport by the masses. You may also be thinking that if you don’t have your own car, how will you travel? At such a time, renting self driven cars in Delhi for outstation and within-city use is the best alternative. The same should be the case in other cities as well, where such services are available. It may cost a little more as compared to public transport but it is the best way to stay at a safe distance from the crowds. 

If you are still pondering over why taking public transport may not be a good idea during the outbreak, then let us tell you two main reasons: 

2. Such Places and Systems Are Crowded

India travel advisory has clearly stated to avoid crowded places.

Whether you take the case of travelling through local trains, buses, or flights, you will inevitably come in contact with a large population, at such times. The vehicles, as well as the boarding areas, are both crowded with all kinds of people. Given that Coronavirus is transmitted through humans, it is crucial to maintain a safe distance from such places. Even if you practice all the coronavirus precautions, you may be exposed to risk because of the other people surrounding you. You may also come in contact with sick people, which may infect you too. Such places have limited ventilation and confined space, which makes travellers vulnerable to increased risk of catching the contagious infection. 

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The safest bet against such a scenario is to avoid using public transport and switch to a safer option. You may travel through your own vehicle or pool with someone else. In case you don’t know someone who can give you a ride, especially when it is necessary to travel, then it’s a great idea to book self driven cars in Delhi for outstation and other purposes. Car rental companies like Zoomcar offer you the benefit of traveling all by yourself – comfortably and securely. You can easily rent a self-driven car which will be delivered to your doorstep. In this way, you will reach your destination safely and minimize contact with large crowds.    

2. You May Touch Infected Surfaces

Such systems are not sanitized and increase risk.

Due to use by a large population day in and day out, public transport systems are not adequately sanitized. That is why, they are not safe during such an outbreak. Every day, a large number of commuters touch railings, armrests, handles, doors and other places. When you touch these surfaces that have been in contact with thousands of other people, you, too, become a carrier of such a virus and may suffer from this illness. 

Taking precautions is a must. So, a better and smarter alternative to public transport would be to avoid commuting through metros and buses so you can minimize the risk of catching any infection. Even hailing cabs may not guarantee safety against such exposure as you cannot be sure about where the previous passengers have been, or if they have been infected. However, self driven cars in Delhi for outstation and other purposes provided by reliable rental companies like Zoomcar are well sanitized after every use. This ensures full security and hygiene of every person who rents a car. Booking a self-driven car can enable you to experience a safe, private and comfortable ride for short as well as long distances.   

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Travel Safe, Stay Secure

Many of you who do not have your own vehicle may be dependent on public transport. However, at a time like this, when coronavirus risk has become all pervasive, you should take 100% precaution to stay as safe as possible. Therefore, give your metro rides and domestic flights a miss, and avail cab services in Delhi for outstation and within-city use to make sure you travel in a secure way. Disinfected private cars will reduce your exposure to any crowds and infected places and keep you and your loved ones safe. 


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