A medical expert is urging commuters to travel on off-peak hours for essential needs to avoid “crowded” public utility vehicles amid the relaxed physical distancing rules in mass transport.

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“If we travel smartly, then that’s the way of protecting ourselves in our community. Making sure that we try to manage the transmission rate within the country,” Dr. Anna Ong-Lim of Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) said in an interview over ANC on Tuesday.

“Traveling off-peak hours if it’s essential for you to travel. Of course we still recommend not leaving your home if it’s entirely possible,” she added.
The medical expert is also recommending staggered work hours to lessen the number of people taking PUVs during rush hours. Lim also urged government to utilize less crowded means of transportation with open air ventilation.

If feasible for short distance travel, Lim suggests biking or walking to help reduce virus transmission in public transport.

Lim likewise cautions the public to refrain from touching public surfaces and to always bring a handy disinfectant whenever they travel.

“The better thing for the commuting public to be very conscious about not touching any surfaces unnecessarily and always having something handy to disinfect their hands. It’s critical to [also] remember not to touch your face,” she reiterated.

“Instead of focusing on something we cannot control, because it’s [an] external factor, let’s look at how we behave and try to work within that thing,” Lim added.

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