12 asked its viewers on Twitter if you’re concerned about
catching COVID-19 while riding public transportation and
the final results were very close.
It was almost a 50/50 tie
between yes and no with a less than 1% difference between the two.
who said yes told News 12 they have concerns about catching
COVID-19 during their commute. “Yes. Lack of social
distancing and mask compliance,” says Michael Muscaro. “Yes,
because people don’t wear their masks,” says Kirsten Fisher.
say whether riding a bus or train, public transportation can
be a breeding ground for the Omicron variant. “It’s really a Petri
dish of microorganisms,” says WestMed
Medical Group Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Sandra Kesh.
Dr. Kesh says there are some things you can do to keep
yourself safe. “The best protection remains vaccination and the mask. You
just don’t know what the passenger next to you…whether they’ve been vaccinated.”
Dr. Kesh says if someone
sits near you without a mask on or is wearing one incorrectly, it’s best to
move when social distancing on public transportation is impossible.
“That’s where masking is…you know…essential. If you have an N95, use it.
If you have a surgical mask, double masking. You know, the more layers of
barrier you put between your mouth and nose and the outside world, the more
effective in preventing spread.”
She also says stick to the
basics – make sure to sanitize or wash your hands, and don’t touch your face.
Experts also say if you’ve
been fully vaccinated in the last six months or boosted, you should not be
overly concerned about getting exposed during your commute and that it’s
unvaccinated people who are most at risk.