Businesses across the country have re-opened, and we’re fast heading back to what we might once have called ‘normality’. But there’s still reason to be cautious: despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the most vulnerable demographics (older people, for the most part) have been vaccinated effectively against the virus, there’s still a persistent danger of spreading the virus.
It’s worth therefore continuing a few of the more effective practices which limit the spread at minimal cost to the individual. Let’s take a look at a few of the steps we might take to keep ourselves safe when commuting back to the office.
Keeping your hands clean will go a long way to preventing viruses and other pathogens from being transmitted from you to other people. This applies especially if you are having to touch multiple surfaces, like buttons, handrails, and doors, during your travels.
Rather than buying your tickets at the station from a real-life teller, you might use a wireless alternative. Thameslink have begun to offer smart key cards, which offer advantages that go beyond social distancing. The organisation’s Customer Services Director, Jenny Saunders, notes that: “these eTickets and the Key smartcard are simple to use and save our customers time queuing for tickets at the station. They also minimise contact, helping everyone to socially distance and travel in confidence.”
Wearing a Mask
Wearing a facemask is an effective means of reducing transmission from one person to another. It’ll form a barrier, reducing the amount of airborne moisture that you’re projecting onto the environment around you, and doing the same thing in the other direction. On public transport in the UK, wearing a facemask remains a requirement.
Maintaining a Distance
In some cases, it’s impractical to maintain a safe distance between yourself and those around you. But wherever possible, you should endeavour to do so. If you’re two metres away from the nearest person, then they can’t cough on you, and you can’t cough on them. This applies especially if you’re indoors, where there’s no natural breeze available to disperse the virus.
Avoid Peak Travel Times
Certain times of day are busier than others, and therefore represent a greater danger to commuters, who are forced into close proximity with one another. If at all possible, it’s worth thinking about avoiding these times. If your employer is offering more flexible working hours, then shifting your entire day forward or back a few hours might be worthwhile. Alternatively, you might do a little bit of work from home in the morning, go into work around midday, and then return before the evening rush to do a little bit more working from home. The approach you take will depend on your personal circumstances.