prevent COVID in restaurants and on public transport

Learn how to prevent COVID in restaurants and on public transport


Restaurants and public transport are considered to be high risk situations for COVID infections. Learn how to decrease your risk!

Here is the video on YouTube.

Below is the text narrated by Dr. Dave, in English.

Hi. I’m Dr. Dave,

Today, we’re going to talk about how to decrease your risk of being infected with COVID when you go to a restaurant or use public transport.

Both situations can be high risk. They usually occur indoors, and you can be very close to someone infected and for a long period of time.

So, before venturing into more risky destinations, think about how much risk you want to take. If you are already in a higher risk group, consider avoiding these situations until the COVID epidemic improves.

Okay, let’s apply the 6 principles of social distancing in these two situations.

First: At the restaurant

Do a “pre-screening” to reduce the chance of surprises. That is, check the restaurant in advance and, if the people you are eating with are outside your family circle, ask them some questions as well.

You might think: Wow, these precautions are extreme!

Well, let me say, being in an ICU on a ventilator is even more extreme. So if you really want to decrease your risk of infection, you need to be a little compulsive.

Visit the restaurant or call ahead and ask them what precautions they are taking. If it looks like they’re doing a good job, maybe you can make a reservation. Ask for a table outside or near an open window if there are no outdoor tables.

If you are going to eat with people outside your family circle, remember that you will probably spend a few hours with them, probably closer than the recommended 2 meters, and will not wear masks while eating. For all these reasons, it’s good to know if they’ve been careful with social distancing, or if they’ve had any recent contact with someone who might have COVID.

After choosing a restaurant, if the place doesn’t look safe when you get there, leave, just go somewhere else. There is no point in putting your health at risk unnecessarily, for a meal.

Is the host and are the employees wearing masks correctly, covering their nose and mouth? If not, they are probably also not being careful with other health measures. And, if the place is very crowded, without a good spacing between the tables, get out!

If you need to wait for a table, wait outside if you can. Avoid clusters of people at the entrance, near the bar or cashier.

If you are unable to sit outside or near an open window, avoid sitting in the back of the restaurant, where there may be poor air circulation. Wherever you are, if the air seems stuffy or stale, say you want to sit in a more open area.

Avoid sitting near noisy groups or people who drink too much. Noisy or screaming people, if they have the virus, will expel it even more.

Remember that the risk of infection is a relationship between time and proximity to others; therefore, try to reduce the time component, that is, avoid long meals until the crisis is over. Perhaps you can leave the restaurant earlier than usual and continue your interaction outside.

Bring a small bottle of alcohol gel and, after leaving the bathroom, touching the menu or table items, use the gel. The utensils should already be clean, but avoid sharing food. After touching the door handle to leave the restaurant, again, alcohol gel.

Now, public transport

Here you are likely to be close to people who may have the virus and will likely touch surfaces already touched by many people.

So, before taking public transport, ask yourself: can you go walking or cycling? This would reduce your risk and provide you with the bonus of exercise.

But when you really need to take public transport, and  you can choose between the metro and the bus, the bus should be the safer option.

Try to choose less busy times, but even so, if the bus arrives and is full, if you can, wait for another one. After entering, stay away from anyone who is not wearing a mask or has a nose outside the mask. Sit near an open window, if possible, and avoid sitting in the back. You want to be in a place with good airflow.

Again, avoid loud people. If you need to be around someone who does not seem safe – for example, they are not wearing a mask properly or are coughing – keep your back to them, so that at least you are not in line with their respiratory secretions.

You will probably touch surfaces, so it is really important not to touch your face or mask while on the bus. To keep more alert and avoid contaminating your phone, try not to use it on the bus. But if you need to, use alcohol gel first.

Finally, after leaving, again, use alcohol gel before doing anything else.

OK, that’s it! Stay safe and until the next video, check out our posts on our website!

Thank you.

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