Massachusetts is under a stay-at-home advisory until May 4th, but most of use still have to venture out occasionally for food and supplies. With community spread growing, it’s important to take some Coronavirus precautions with your car. After all, it’s the middle point between your home and public destinations. Here are some things you can do to prevent transmission through car surfaces.
1 – Wipe Down Your Vehicle
There’s no way to tell if your car is already contaminated with Coronavirus. So, start with a clean slate by wiping down all surfaces that you may touch. This includes door handles, control knobs, shift knobs, the steering wheel, seats, and the trunk.
2 – Gloves and Hand Sanitizer
Before leaving your home, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. So, when you enter your vehicle, your hands will be clean. Upon exiting your vehicle, wear disposable gloves if you can. This is particularly important for things like shopping, where you will be touching things that have been handled by many different people along the supply chain. Before returning to your vehicle, throw away those gloves and use hand sanitizer again. Once you return to your home, remember to wipe down everything you brought with you and wash your hands thoroughly. Read more about Coronavirus precautions for your home.
3 – Cover Coughs/Sneezes
While in your car, you and any other occupants should be particularly diligent about covering your coughs and sneezes. Better yet, wear a mask. The government is changing their stance on masks and will be recommending that everyone wear one in public. This will prevent contamination in your car and will also reduce the inclination to touch your face. Given the confined space of a car, it can be easily contaminated throughout if you fail to do so.
Other Coronavirus Precautions for Your Car
Even if you’re careful about the above precautions, contamination can still occur. It’s not a bad idea to clean high-touch surfaces regularly. Every effort that you make will help prevent the spread of the disease to your and your family members. Stay diligent and healthy and we’ll all make it through this crisis together!