Car Safety Tip : Prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Car
The corona virus that started from China now has made its presence worldwide turning into a pandemic. With more than 2 lakh people falling prey to the virus and more than 8,700 deaths, the virus has become the biggest threat to humanity. The worst of it being experienced by China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and most parts of Europe, the virus is also expected to raise havoc in other countries. So far, more than 150 cases have been reported in India. With the fast rise in confirmed cases, we can never be too careful.
Here are some of the helpful tips to protect yourself, your family and surrounding from the COVID-19 spread:
The best way to prevent the COVID-19 spread is by isolation, social distancing, quarantining and extreme hygiene habits. The WHO has advised people to repeatedly wash hands for 20 whole seconds. The outer layer of a virus that is made up of essentially fats or protein can be broken down by simple soap (anti-bacterial isn’t really necessary) but one has to wash their hands for 20 seconds minimum to completely rid of that virus.
Washing hands with a hand sanitizer with minimum 60-70% alcohol will work the same way but soap and water is always the better option since things like sweat or dirt can dilute hand sanitizer’s effectiveness. Wearing a mask at a social gathering, workplace or outside can help prevent the virus from spreading.
- Make sure to wash hands or sanitize after you touch any object in a public place.
Do not touch your mouth, eyes or nose before washing your hands.
Cash can easily transfer the virus and can affect a huge amount of people so try to go cashless as much as possible.
Keeping social distance, avoiding gatherings are one of the best ways of avoiding contact or spreading of diseases.
Why should you sanitize your car?
With the corona virus spread, In a confined space, the risk of getting infected is increasing as well. On an average, a steering wheel may have 629 colony-forming units (CFUs) of bacteria compared to just 172 on a toilet seat. Places like gear knobs, seats, the touchscreen or the navigation system and switches and controls are one of the huge breeding grounds for bacteria as well as viruses. In a car, the proximity of the occupants to each other, the risk of contact and droplet infections is pretty high. Driving alone isn’t always the option and sometimes sharing a car is the only option. So keeping your car clean is the best possible way to avoid transmission.
Protecting your car from COVID-19:
Covid-19 virus will stay on a surface from 12 hrs to upto 3 days. Especially on plastic and steel, the duration of activity of such viruses is highest. The virus does not die due to spike in temperature and will only be killed at a temperature above 50 degree Celsius.
Make sure to sanitize places that are being touched most frequently. Use of isopropyl alcohol on touchscreen, steering wheel, gear knob, door handles, grab handles and door armrests is very effective in sanitization. Many of the household cleaners will also work best on cars. Use of a normal detergent on your fabric upholstery works really well.
Disinfectants do not remove dirt and do not replace cleaning.
In addition, do not use any aggressive agents that may attack the surfaces in the car and potentially ruin it. Avoid cockpit cleaners on the steering wheel and gear knob because this makes the surfaces slippery. Clean all parts that are touched by hand on a regular basis. Harsh chemicals like, Bleach and hydrogen peroxide can be used as well but it will permanently damage your car’s interior. Be careful with the use of ammonia based cleaners since it can also damage the outer layer of your touchscreen.
Cleaning the seats with a microfiber with little water and detergent can go a long way and help combat the virus. Making sure you wash/sanitize your hands before and after driving is equally important. Cleaning the outside of your car with soap and water solutions will be beneficial as well.
Sharing your car with someone with someone who has respiratory illness symptoms should be avoided. In case of non-avoidable circumstances, masks should be worn by all the passengers as well as the driver.
Cleaning the air conditioner vent:
Yes, coronavirus is not an air-born disease but it does spread through droplets. The virus can travel upto 6 feet once sneezed out of a patient and can stay in the air for about 30 minutes. So cleaning the air vent is equally important as well since some of the infected air can make its way through the filter and get stuck in there for a few days. Even if fresh air isn’t much of a threat, infected air can be swirled around the car for a long period of time and can potentially affect you.
Re-circulated air can affect you regardless of the virus spread. Dirty cabin filters can host a lot of budding bacteria colonies so the air conditioner should be serviced regularly. Incidentally, some of the car manufacturers globally have recently launched a promotion: Within 20 days, a filter was developed that consists of activated carbon and a system that produces negatively charged ions that kill up to 95 percent of viruses, fungi, and bacteria which is also another option available for car owners.
Important tips for taxi/cab and public transport drivers.
Always carry isopropyl alcohol and sanitize the regularly touched part before driving.
Sanitize your hands before and after driving.
Wear gloves at all times if possible.
Wear a mask at all times to avoid accidental transmission of the virus.
Make sure to have the details of all your passengers to help track down a possible COVID-19 outbreak.
Pandemics are serious issues not just for the people around you but to better the health of billions in the country. where the most successful countries like China, USA, Japan, South Korea and continents like Europe fail to provide best care for its patients, preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the only safe bet for Indians.
Being diligent about hygiene habits and awareness of surrounding as well as people can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Making sure to self-isolate and quarantine yourself or a family member during this pandemic is crucial. Only our own efforts will help prevent the rise of COVID-19 cases. It’s always better to be safe than sorry so make sure you take as much care as possible.
MYNEWCAR requests the people of India to follow the points mentioned above and in return we will be helping each other to keep safe and healthy.
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