Hey everyone, happy new year. It feels like a new year, doesn’t it? I’m really sorry I haven’t written in weeks. I want to blame it on the lockdown (because I obviously couldn’t get danfo experience while staying at home) but, I actually had content I wanted to write about but didn’t. I should have actually kept you company this period. I apologise.
So, have you resumed work? Started going out? Gone to meet your man/woman? Whatever you have been doing since the lifting of the lockdown, please stay safe. Remember, this is a virus where your stupidity will affect both you and your loved ones so, protect yourself. Hopefully, this too will pass and we can go back to enjoying our sweaty public transport without worrying about Corona (or not😂). Well, no long talk, let me give you public transport survival tips in the midst of this pandemic:
1. Stay indoors. This is the most important tip. Only go out if it is extremely important. That’s the easiest way to survive.
2. If you must go out, never leave without your face mask. Wear long sleeves, trousers and cover shoes. Also wear gloves if you can. If you can’t, always remember to wash your hands as soon as you get the chance. And yes, get a hand sanitizer. For those of you going to *coughs*, goodluck. Just remember,
3. Leave early. This will give you more time to choose your preferred bus and you will have the liberty to take your time before deciding which bus to enter. Leaving late will make you be in a hurry especially since we have a curfew and no one would like to sleep in a cell in these Rona times.
4. Target the front seat. That is your best bet for social distancing. Danfos just reduced each seat by one passenger so, even if the sweat of the person beside you is no longer soaking your body, you are still going to be sharing the same air. But in front, you are going to be on your own. Which is better.
5. Take BRTs. If your route is a BRT route or even if you might have to trek a little from the BRT bus stop, you better take it. They observe good social distancing there and there is even more space for you to breathe.
6. Take Uber. I really don’t see this as public transport though. That’s why I didn’t suggest it earlier. Also, if you’re broke like me, avoid Uber this period. The traffic on the roads now is more than the traffic on Pornhub during the lockdown (don’t ask me how I know that) so, you might end up paying the same amount as a bag of rice just to go back home.
7. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are the best days for going out. Less traffic and less people on the road which is better for everyone. I go to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so, remember to pray for me when you’re done reading.
8. Mentally prepare yourself to trek. If you are the type of person who’s very wary of people this period, and you also hate traffic, be prepared to trek at any inconvenience. Because the traffic now is crazy and I’m sure you would agree with me that trekking is better than staying in a humid bus surrounded with smoke from exhaust pipes and filled with sweaty people who might or might not be infected.
9. Always assume you are the only sensible person on the road because a lot of people don’t believe there is a virus. Don’t expect the person near you to observe social distancing. Distance yourself first. I mean, I was inside a car which is supposed to be safe and one random person came and stood beside me and was sneezing.
Please, let us work together to flatten the curve. Observe good health practices and distance yourself. Also, try to get home early. People are being arrested for real or you’ll pay fines that you might not be able to recover in months.
For those people who have started going out, tell me your experience in the comments. I’d love to hear it. If you also have other survival tips, let the other readers know.