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A GUIDE FOR COMMUNICATING HEALTHY TRAVEL PRACTICES

Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling. During seasons with a higher risk of illness, like U.S. flu season, travelers should adhere even more strongly to healthy travel practices.

The CDC released new guidance on what bus operators need to know about COVID-19 (updated 4/7)

HEALTHY TRAVEL PRACTICES

  • Wash hands often
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease

COVID-19 “DON’TS”

  • Go to work or crowded areas when sick
  • Touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Panic. Get the facts and follow guidance from government sources and health professionals

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FACILITIES AND BUSES CLEAN

Help protect the public health from diseases like the Coronavirus and influenza by following a few personal hygiene best practices and regularly cleaning your operating environment. It is recommended that vehicles be cleaned and sanitized frequently during these periods of heightened transmission, especially when passengers or operators demonstrate symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Clean frequently touched objects with soap and water and/or alcohol-based cleaners.

These surfaces include:

  • Handrails for entering and exiting the vehicle
  • Arm Rests
  • Seatbelts (if applicable)
  • Driver Steering Wheel
  • Dash Area
  • Head Rests
  • Windowsills
  • Interior Luggage Racks/Hand holds
  • Exterior Luggage Bay Handles
  • Restroom Door Handles
  • Restroom Handrails

The vehicle should be sprayed when cleaning with Lysol disinfectant spray or similar product. Have Sani-wipes available on the vehicle for operators and passenger’s usage.

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREAD

The CDC states that coronaviruses and influenza are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

HOW TO HELP PROTECT FROM THE CORONAVIRUS AND INFLUENZA

The best way to protect oneself is avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC always recommends simple everyday preventative steps to help prevent the spread of a respiratory virus, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get a flu shot
  • Understand the symptoms of the flu (elevated fever, body aches, headaches, nausea, etc.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.