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The Safest Way to Commute If You’re Going Back to Work, According to the CDC

Keep yourself and your family safe.

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Many businesses are beginning the process of re-opening, and for us working women, that means it’ll be time for us to get back to the grind. But as the coronavirus (COVID-19) is still a problem in many areas, we want to make sure that we’re doing our best to keep ourselves and our families safe.

With that in mind, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidelines for those of us who will be going back to work. They provide some best practices to keep ourselves safe as we’re getting to and from our jobs — whether we’re taking public transportation or not.

Traveling solo is the most effective way to minimize your exposure to germs and the virus, so if it’s possible, take your car to work in these beginning weeks of reopening, or carpool with someone you know and trust. For personal vehicles, the CDC says you can make your ride even safer by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces like the steering wheel and improving ventilation by opening windows.

If you’re using rideshare services like Uber or Lyft, the CDC says you should ask your driver to lower windows to improve ventilation in the vehicle. You should also avoid touching surfaces and sanitize your hands immediately upon exiting.

The CDC says it is best to not take public transportation right now. But if that is your only option, they provide some guidelines for safe travel there, too. Check them out below:

  • Stay up-to-date on service changes and procedures.
  • Avoid touching surfaces that are frequently used like handrails, kiosks, and surfaces in restrooms. If you do end up needing to touch these areas, wash your hands as soon as possible or use hand sanitizer made with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Practice social-distancing by traveling during non-peak hours when possible and doing your best to stay at least 6-feet away from others.
  • Practice hand hygiene by washing your hands before you get on public transit and after you get off, or using hand sanitizer.

For more information on how to protect from the virus while traveling, visit the CDC website. Here’s to a safe summer ahead!

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