COVID-19 - Recommendations for users of public transportarion

March 18, 2020

We all have a role to play in preventing the transmission of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. It is no different when using public transport.

The National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) released a series of recommendations to prevent the circulation of the virus, based on guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). Read with attention:

  • If you have flu symptoms, especially with a fever, avoid using public transport. Do it only in strict need and using a mask.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water. Count to 20 mentally (time needed for proper hygiene). Another option is to use 70% alcohol-gel.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow / forearm – Do not use your hand, there is a greater possibility of transmitting the virus by touch or depositing it in support bars, turnstiles, ticket / card readers and money.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without hand hygiene.
  • When traveling, if possible, open the vehicle window and keep it well ventilated.
  • If you are elderly try to avoid public transport at peak hours.
  • Keep calm and follow hygiene and education recommendations, with this cares it is already possible to greatly reduce the transmission of the virus.
  • Check with trusted sources. Do not share fake news.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The symptoms are similar to that of a “flu”. It is usually a mild or moderate disease, but in some cases it can get serious. Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Some patients may have:

  • Tiredness
  • Body ache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain

The symptoms are mild and gradually evolve. Most people recover from the disease without needing treatment. Elderly and people with chronic diseases are at increased risk of developing the severe form of the disease. If you experience these symptoms, wear a mask to avoid spreading the disease to others and seek medical attention immediately.

More information can be obtained on the website of the Ministry of Health and the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – Anvisa

Source: ANTT