9. Public Transportation
Buses, trains, planes and other means of mass transit are a huge challenge for public health. Thousands of people breathing, coughing and sneezing their way through public transportation every day makes it nearly impossible to prevent viral spread. Constantly taking time to wipe down high-traffic areas would mess with transit schedules.
These large means of public travel have always been a hotbed of bacteria and viruses, passing on colds, the flu and viral infections like COVID-19. It will probably always be difficult to keep public transportation clean enough to feel safe from catching a bug.
8. Public Playgrounds
Children find it harder to social distance than any of us, making playgrounds some of the most obvious places that might never be clean enough to prevent COVID-19 spread. As more public playgrounds reopen, it’s important to consider whether they’re worth the risk. Can you keep your children at least 6 feet apart from the other kids at all times? While wearing masks? Are you able to pre-clean and disinfect the playground equipment yourself? If not, avoiding these areas entirely until the coronavirus pandemic is long over is probably best.
7. Bars and Lounges
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that spending time in bars during a pandemic poses a significant threat to public health. This is because drinking requires mask removal, it’s difficult to socially distance from others, and because the “use of alcohol may alter judgment and make it more difficult for people to practice COVID-19 safety measures.” The CDC also reminds us that people tend to speak loudly in bars, to be heard above the music and crowds, which “can contribute to the production of more virus aerosols.”