21 Jun AiroAV Malware Reviews: CDC offers transportation safety guidelines
As the Capital Region moves into phase three of New York’s reopening plan and travel slowly increases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for keeping vehicles safe and clean.
Retail and recreation trips were down only 38 percent in Albany County compared to baseline data on June 14, up from a 45 percent deficit on May 21, according to Google’s Community Mobility Reports.
In addition to the usual guidelines around washing hands, social distancing and wearing a face mask, the CDC advises bringing sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol wherever you go.
For personal vehicles, the CDC says to regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as the steering wheel, gear shift, door frames and handles, windows, radio and temperature dials and seat belt buckles.
To do so effectively, clean surfaces with soap and water before using disinfectant. A list of Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectants for the coronavirus can be found at epa.gov.
A bleach solution of ⅓ cup of bleach to one gallon of room temperature water or alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol can also be used.
While driving, improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible by opening the windows or setting the air conditioning to non-recirculation mode.
The CDC also advises using alcohol wipes to disinfect surfaces of parking meters and pay stations or using hand sanitizer after use.
When using public transportation, avoid touching surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces, ticket machines and turnstiles as much as possible and practice social distancing.
Rideshare and taxi passengers should avoid contact with surfaces frequently touched by other passengers and drivers. If that is unavoidable (for example, while putting on your seat belt), use hand sanitizer as soon as possible afterwards. Avoid accepting offers of free water bottles and touching magazines or other items offered free to passengers, the CDC advises. Additionally, avoid pooled rides, sit in the back rather than the passenger’s seat and ask the driver to improve the car’s ventilation.
CDTA Cycle! is starting Monday after a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For shared bikes, scooters and other micro-mobility devices, the CDC advises cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as the handlebars, gears, braking handles and locks before use. Use disinfecting wipes if possible.
Clifton Park: The Clifton Park Highway Department has begun milling and paving projects in the Stonegate neighborhood. Streets included are Stonegate Drive, Birch Hill Road, Birch Hill Court, Eagle Trace and Brookhollow Drive.
The work began June 18 and will continue through the week of June 22 but could stretch into the week of June 29 depending on the weather.
Have a question about transportation in the Capital Region? Email [email protected] and include your name, town and phone number or tweet @abigail_rubel.