Public Transport - The Germs

Now, more than ever, there is a fear of coming into contact with germs and bacteria in public places and on public transport. With COVID still lurking around, many people are avoiding public areas as much as possible to lessen the risk of catching the virus and germs. Public transport is used my millions and is a necessity for most. We heavily rely on being able to jump on a train or a bus to get to our destination quickly and, we hope, safely too. Being able to sanitise and use public transport with no risk of catching anything has never been so important. Although the cleanliness levels have increased in recent months, there are still different types of germs and bacteria lurking on our transport and illnesses are still something we can catch if we don't keep ourselves and others safe. To put it simply, we can catch a whole lot of things on a plane, train or bus.

The flu

Flu viruses easily travel in the air thanks to tiny droplets that are released when someone not so far away coughs or sneezes. Even something like speaking helps them travel. Being on public transport means you are in close proximity with other people so if someone is ill or is carrying a virus, if they simply talk or sneeze without covering they mouth and nose, you are very much at risk of catching something like the flu.

The Cold

The oh so common cold is quite similar to the flu actually, as it's caused by a few different viral strains that can also be transferred by air. With cold germs, these viruses can stay active on surfaces on public transport like doors, seats and tables. By keeping up high levels of sanitisation, you are lessening the risk of catching something like a cold.

Tuberculosis (TB)

Although rare, you can catch TB all thanks to those pesky airborne droplets. You can easily catch TB bacteria, from someone who is untreated and has been coughing and sneezing near you. Although this is a risk on public transport, it's actually easier to catch TB from someone you live with.