Coronavirus: Tips for Staying Healthy

Coronavirus is clearly a worry for private hire drivers around the world, and some of you might be afraid considering you’re transporting different people around every day.

That’s why we just wanted to put out some simple but important health reminders, so that you can stay fit and healthy.


Wash your hands a lot

This seems obvious, but it is currently the best way to fight the virus. Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly with water and liquid soap (minimum twenty seconds), or keep a hand sanitizer in your vehicle that you can use.

You will have to find a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol, so that it can effectively kill off harmful bacteria.

Please make sure that you do not touch any part of your face without having first washed your hands. This is the biggest way of getting infected.


Clean and Disinfect your vehicle

There is doubt over how long the virus can survive on surfaces, but some scientists believe that it can stay there for a long time.

For that reason it’s important to find some kind of cleaning fluid, or disinfectant, so that you can clean off the germs on the surfaces around your car.


Prevent spreading germs through sneezing or coughing

Germs can be transferred easily like this, so cover your mouth in cases like this. You might find it useful to have some tissues available so passengers can do the same, or to advise them to cover up if they are coughing.


Do not work if you’re feeling sick.

If you feel like you are developing an illness, or have symptoms of a fever, then please do not risk it. Stay at home until your symptoms go away, or if necessary let your GP know.


How do you get it?

It is not known exactly right now how it spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. Generally, more severe cases occur in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Please make sure that you do everything to keep personally safe, and that you do not risk your own health!

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