The progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) can raise questions and concerns. In order to help you protect yourself and those around you, here are some reminders.
Modes of transmission
- COVID-19 spreads by air through close contact with an infected person when that person coughs or sneezes.
- It can also spread by contact with infected surfaces if you then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Survival time on dry or wet surfaces
- COVID-19 can survive up to 6 days on inert objects with wet surfaces.
- On dry surfaces, COVID-19 can survive several days (3 to 4 days on plastics).
Our vehicles are regularly cleaned. Given the nature of our service, it is impossible to guarantee hygiene between uses. Hygienic measures allowing cars to be used safely are, however, accessible to everyone.
Since vehicles are confined spaces, you are unlikely to come into contact with the virus through coughing or sneezing unless you are accompanied by an infected person. It is therefore a relatively safe place. However, certain precautions are necessary to avoid contracting or transmitting the virus by contact.
Since you cannot know the hygiene practices of those who used the vehicle prior to you, the best attitude to adopt, under the circumstances, is that of prevention:
- After using a vehicle, avoid putting your hands to your mouth, nose or face before washing your hands with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based disinfectant if you do not have access to soap and water.
Although it is recommended to avoid travel if you are sick, if you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs around you.
- More than ever, do not leave any waste (tissues, cups, papers, etc.) in vehicles; be sure to pick up everything before leaving.
- Do not hesitate to clean the steering wheel, or other surfaces, with disinfecting wipes.
Since the situation can evolve quickly, we encourage you to stay informed by regularly checking information published by the Public Health Agency of Canada.