Commuting Safely in Singapore

Commuting Safely in Singapore: Health & Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

It’s been little more than two months since the first case of COVID-19 had been reported in Singapore. Initially, the source of local transmissions was largely linked to those who had returned overseas.

However, Singapore is now seeing more clusters and local transmissions of the disease. This means that Singaporeans have to take social distancing more seriously, to minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Over the past few weeks, Singaporeans have seen a multitude of COVID-19 enforcements such as mandating Work From Home measures and discouraging public gatherings, as well as non-essential travel, have been put in place. However, if you do have to leave your home and travel still, here are some tips you can keep in mind to protect yourself from the virus.

Stand at least 1m apart from the next person

Increasingly, those who have been tested positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic. This means it is possible for you to be carrying the virus without knowing that you are sick.

This is why it’s important to keep a distance between you and those who aren’t in your immediate household. We know that COVID-19 is transmitted via water droplets which are usually disseminated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Avoiding close contact will minimise the likelihood of viral transmissions.

There is a lack of conclusive evidence which determines the exact distance infectious droplets can travel. But some distance is better than no distance! The recommended 1m rule is still a good guideline to reduce and slow down the rate of infections.

Wear masks whenever you leave the house

Wearing a mask will offer some protection against the suspended droplets from a person’s coughing and sneezing. Fluid-resistant surgical masks are effective at filtering out bacteria and are designed to prevent an already sick person from infecting others.

It’s also just as important to make sure you wear your mask properly. Ensure the mask covers your chin, nose and even on the sides of your cheeks; there should not be any gaps between your face and the mask.

If surgical masks are unavailable to you, the recently issued cotton cloth masks by the Singapore government provide between 50 and 60 percent of filtration efficiency. Again, wearing some form of a mask is better than not wearing any mask at all.

Avoid touching your face when travelling

Studies have shown that the novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces for as long as seven days. When travelling, you’ll invariably come into contact with surfaces such as MRT gantries, poles and handles. These surfaces might be infected if a sick person has coughed or sneezed on them.

So, refrain from touching your face with your hands, but especially when you’re travelling, so as to minimise the chances of infection via your mouth, nose or eyes.

Clean your hands once you have reached your destination

Once you’ve reached your destination, wash your hands as soon as possible. As many of you may have already been told, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and make an effort to get under your nails and scrub down to your wrists.

If a tap isn’t available, rub your hands thoroughly with hand sanitiser. Ideally, the sanitiser should contain an ethanol or isopropanol concentration of 60% to 95%.

Seek alternatives to public transport

Booking a private-hire car service such as Grab or Gojek is one way of minimising your contact with others. However, it is undeniably more expensive than taking public transport.

At the same time, taking private-hire car services, while lowering your contact with other people, still puts you at some form of a risk of exposure due to the fact that the virus can stay on surfaces for up to 7 days. So do keep in mind to be wary of any surfaces you come into, even in these seemingly “safe” alternatives.

Opt for car rental services

For those who do not own a car but have a driving license, consider renting a vehicle once the circuit breaker period is over as an extra safety measure. Having a short-term car rental will not only afford you travel convenience but also assure you that you’re travelling in an environment that is likely free of COVID-19.

When you travel, no one but your immediate household will come into contact with you and your loved ones. Having a car rental in Singapore will most benefit those who have to travel with the elderly, a group who has proven to be more vulnerable to the disease.

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Though the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level remains at orange, the new government measures introduced convey that Singaporeans should take social distancing seriously. Try to stay at home if you can.

But when travel is unavoidable, staying clear of crowds via alternative transport arrangements is one strategy you can consider to protect your health and the health of those around you. This way, you reduce the time spent in close contact with strangers in a shared confined space.

One way to do so is to look into short-term car rental services. Car rental services at competitive rates are available at companies like ETHOZ. At ETHOZ, each vehicle is well-sanitised before being leased, so you can be assured that your short-term car rental is clean.

If you’re interested to know more about renting a car for your personal safety during this precarious COVID-19 period, visit our website to leave an inquiry or drop us a call at 6654 7788.

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