Archive for October 2nd, 2009

Health and Public Transit

Sometimes a bike does not cut it.

Sometimes a bike does not cut it.

I take the bus to the university every day and again at night to come home. Until recently I always knew to be careful of germs on the bus but it was not until this week that I become hypersensitive to the issue because I have been sick.

I do not want to spread the cold that I have, particularly today where I have been coughing quite a bit. As a person who likes systems and reasoning I have figure that I would use my left hand for covering my mouth when I cough and then use my right hand for interacting with public surfaces such bus rails and door handles. I have been coupling this with always washing my hands after taking the bus, arriving at a building and generally whenever a sink is available.

On the bus I have tried my best to not touch anything in particular the handles to hold onto while standing and the backs of seats for getting up or walking down the aisle. At first it was because I was sick but now that I started paying attention to these surfaces I don’t think I will hold onto them without washing my hands shortly after. Maybe I am turning into a germaphobe but if I can I use my forearm to stabilize myself instead of grabbing a questionable piece of metal.

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