Commute Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) are keeping close watch on developments related to COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), here are some common questions and answers that will be of interest for participants in carpools, vanpools, and other ride sharing services:
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Q: Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
A: People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). However, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Q: How easily does the virus spread?
A: How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.
Commute Tampa Bay advises that commuters be diligent in practicing safe hygiene: washing hands, avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated, and refrain from touching their own mouth, nose, and eyes. In addition, if you are sick, please be considerate of ride share partners and refrain from using ride share when you are ill.
More complete information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
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