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6 Tips for Bus Riders During Cold & Flu Season

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Cold and flu season is upon us. This time of year it seems that everywhere you go there is someone coughing or clearing their throat. Every day we’re exposed to cold and flu germs while in close contact with others, like when you’re commuting to and from work on the bus.  Here are some tips to help you avoid getting sick while on board:

1. Avoid close contact.

One way to keep the transmission of colds and the flu down is to avoid shaking hands. Many people will understand if you explain your reasoning for staying healthy. You can also work to keep your distance from those in your office or home that may not be feeling well.

2. Wash your hands often.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Make sure to also wash your hands as soon as you reach your destination after riding the bus.

3. Keep your hands away from your face.

How many times a day do you think you touch your face? It happens more than you may realize. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that’s been contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

4. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

We know, we know–this should be a no-brainer. But tissues always aren’t available when you need them most. Instead of coughing or sneezing into your hands, do so into your upper sleeve or the inside of your elbow. This helps stop the spread of germs.

5. Stay home.

Contain germs by steering clear of others when you’re sick. We know it isn’t always possible to stay home from work or avoid riding the bus when you’re not feeling well but limit your interactions with people on enclosed spaces as much as possible.

6. Practice good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at your home or work, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

We hope these tips help you stay healthy this cold and flu season, as well as throughout the year.


Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.