EXPERTS FLOAT ‘7 COMMANDMENTS’ VS COVID-19 IN PUVS
A group of medical experts that includes Former Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit on Thursday proposed “7 commandments” to keep passengers safe from the pandemic onboard public vehicles.
Their proposal includes the following:
1. Use anti-virus masks. Those who wear this are 6 times less likely to get infection compared to those who don’t
2. Wear face shield. This will reduce the risk of infection by as much as 3 times.
3. No talking and no eating. Respiratory droplets from the mouth and nose can spread the virus.
4. Ensure adequate ventilation. Open the windows of vehicles every now and then to dissipate the still air, where the virus might linger. For trains, stopping at platforms and opening the door will promote airflow.
5. Practice frequent disinfection. Transport authorities should ensure that public vehicles are cleaned with bleach, which kills the virus.
6. No symptomatic passengers. People who feel unwell should refrain from using public transport.
7. Observe appropriate physical distancing. “It is possible to go below one meter. It is not dogma, but we have to look at all the packages in the 7 commandments for its proper implementation,”