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HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF COVID-19 WHEN YOU SHARE A CAR. | During this pandemic Covid-19, life must be go on even the case is still high. Going out with your own car will a safest choice but if you have to take the public transport it will be at risk.

You are at risk of getting Covid-19 in the car if there are other passengers carrying the virus. The virus can be present in droplets that come out of the breathing, speech, coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Large droplets will fall to the surface, but small droplets and aerosols will fly in the air for up to 1 hour.

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Here are some tips on how you can reduce your risk of contracting Covid-19 when sharing a car (the result of a study by researchers at Swansea University):

1. Wearing a face mask does not guarantee 100% you are not infected but is very beneficial. Virus carriers who wear face masks can reduce the spread of virus particles by 90% and if you also wear masks, then of course the rate of infection can be greatly reduced. Wearing a faceshield or face cover can further reduce the rate of spread of virus particles and infections. So you have the right to suggest other passengers wear face masks.

2. Keep your position away from other passengers. Sit in a position as far away as possible from other passengers. Do not share the vehicle with many passengers.

3. Wash your hands before and after boarding the car and if it is your car, wash the surfaces and parts held by the passenger including the handle and seat belt.

4. Studies show that opening the window for 10 seconds once in a while can reduce the accumulation of virus particles by 97%. When the car window is opened, there will be a pressure difference inside and outside the car so that the particles inside the car will be sucked out.

5. Driving a car slowly gives a greater chance for virus particles to accumulate, so if you are driving less than 30 km/h, it is better to open all the windows. Slow driving also results in smaller external and internal pressure differences, so the suction effect is lower. But keep in mind that opening all the windows can also bring other harm, namely external pollution that enters.

6. If you drive a vehicle faster, there is no need to open all the windows. It is enough if once in a while you open two opposite windows, for example one on the front right and one on the back left. This is done every 10-15 minutes, for 10 seconds, or when any passengers sneeze and cough.

7. Sitting in the front seat of a car has a lower risk of infection because the direction of air movement from front to back will collect particles in the back of the car. If passengers are forced to sit in the back, choose a seat opposite the open window.

8. In addition to the above methods, if you and/and other passengers have already taken the Covid-19 vaccine, the risk of infection is certainly very minimal.

Source : Google

9. Don’t share a car with people you don’t know especially if you are in a place where the virus is already spreading in the community. If you have to, it's best to wear a layered face mask or combined with a faceshield. Pray that no other passengers carry the virus.

10. The CDC also recommends that if you need to practice 'car pooling', do it with the same person and it is recommended not to install air conditioning instead use only wind flow or the windows are always open.

Dato Dr Rushdan Noor

Credit information to : Medical Mythbusters  Malaysia Facebook Page

Stay safe everyone!


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  1. Bagus tips yang diberikan ni. Memang susah sebab virus ni tak nampak tapi kita cuba sedaya upaya untuk buat apa2 yang patut seperti basuh tangan dengan kerap, mandi etc.

  2. betul yang menarik. pakai mask belum tentu jamin tak dapat jangkitan. still kena terus jaga jarak..jaga SOP. Semua kena jaga sekarang ni

  3. Thanks for these tips on how to try to reduce the risk of Covid-19 especially when you have to share the same vehicle.

  4. Bagus info ni. Ana pun masih ragu2 nk share kereta dengan orang luar. Kalau terpaksa, boleh amalkan langkah2 dekat atas utk mengurangkan risiko jangkitan.

  5. Yes, I always practise opening the car windows when I car-pooling with friends. And now I have the habit of spraying the seats with sanitiser.

  6. Wow.....byk betul benda Yg kita kena alert since this pandemic. Thisnis a good information. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Share kereta maksudnya naik grab pun sama kan kak. Memang kena berhati-hati. Jaga diri. Sanitasi tangan. Pakai face mask. Saya paranoid gila bab ni. Balik rumah terus mandi.

  8. Bagus tips ni. Thank you sharing. Memang kena extra precaution sebab kita tak nampak virus ni.

  9. Kannn paling belum boleh terima setakat ni kalau nak naik dengan orang lain walau kawan sendiri.. adoii paranoid gilerr Sis kann..

  10. Great entry, I just got to know that sitting in the opposite direction of the driver even at the backseat is much safer. Thanks for sharing!

  11. good tips .. actually mmg avoid sangat berkongsi kenderaan time covid ni..then kereta juga kena selalu sanitize

  12. Perkongsian yang bagus untuk orang yang berkongsi kenderaan. Buat masa ni iena takde carpool lagi dengan sesiapa. Tapi nanti mana tau nak keluar hiking dengan kawan kawan yang takde keretaa boleh guna tips ni

  13. Thanks for sharing these tips, if we need to carpool we must abide with strict sop and dont share with ppl we don't know.

  14. macam khai selalunya akan prepare sanitizer letak dalam kereta. at least ada la kaedah mencegah. tapi kena ingat jangan beli yang air tu nanti senang kering better beli yang gel base

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  16. So true... I am also avoiding sharing cars... dah takde car-pool car-pool dah... bukan sengaja but terpaksa kan... takpelah kalau kita rugi sikit duit minyak asalkan dapat sedikit-sebanyak menjaga apa yang boleh kita jaga kannnn... cumanya, bila ada keperluan yang tak dapat dielakkan untuk car-pool nanti, bolehlah gunakan tips ni...

  17. Great information ya.. first time baca and now I understand why they limited the Grab to this kind of arrangement.... 👌 Boleh share ngan my family and friends ahhh...

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