Do this in the car to lower your coronavirus risk
Every day, you can take simple steps to reduce your risk of coronavirus infection – from wiping down counters to properly washing your hands.
But here is one protective step you might have overlooked – opening a window a few centimetres when you get in your car.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the next time you use a cab, limo or ride-share service, ask the driver to improve the ventilation in the vehicle by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning to the non-recirculation mode.
This also applies to personal vehicles – whether you are a passenger or the driver.
Experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Portland State University write: “When the windows are closed, SARS-CoV-2 (in fine aerosol particles) accumulates in the car cabin. With each new cough, the concentration builds up with no significant dilution happening. But even cracking one window open just three inches can keep this at bay.”
If you can’t open a window, choose the ventilation mode that does not recirculate air and instead brings in fresh air from outside, the experts say.