Since March worldwide travel has been crippled by Coronavirus and until a credible vaccine is developed, we will have to do our best to avoid catching the virus. So what can you do if you’re planning on travelling on a train during your vacation?
Well it pays to know firstly what you’re up against. Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales small droplets filled with the virus into the air. These droplets can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, either directly or after touching a contaminated object. According to scientists, the risk indoors, in enclosed spaces, is higher than outdoors.
Train companies throughout the world have installed their own safety procedures and these vary company by company. Meanwhile, companies running vacation train journeys have also created their own on-board safety procedures, but you can also help to stay safe by following these general guidelines.
Get fresh air
Good indoor ventilation will help you stay safe so try and find a seat near to an open window or by a door so you’ll get some fresh air when the doors open at stations.
Wear a face mask
You should wear a face mask in the station where you are boarding your train and also on the train unless you are eating or drinking. Any food you eat should be pre packaged. Avoid any food that be touched or breathed on by fellow passengers.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get on the train and before and after you eat. If soap and water aren’t available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This should contain between 60% and 95% alcohol.
Take a stash of anti-bacterial wipes with you so you can wipe down the arms of your seat and also the table you are using on board. You should also use these if you’re touching door handles or escalator handrails.
Avoid touching your face as much as you can as the virus enters your body through the nose, mouth and eyes.