DOH: Avoid recirculating air inside cars to prevent coronavirus spread

Motorists should use vents and roll down windows to improve cabin ventilation
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 13, 2020
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The Department of Health (DOH) has just released a new memo on how to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and motorists should take note. The agency has now advised that recirculating air inside vehicles must be avoided.

This is covered under Department Memorandum 2020-0429 which DOH undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire announced in a recent press briefing. According to the memo, improving ventilation within enclosed spaces is essential “when an activity cannot be moved into an open air setting.” This includes the opening of doors and windows to enable better airflow.

The same concept applies when it comes to cars, which is why motorists should utilize the car’s vents and slightly open the windows when moving from point A to B, especially when there are multiple passengers aboard.

Now, as for public transport vehicles like buses, trains, and modern jeepneys, this is easier said than done. We have no word yet from neither the DOH nor the Department of Transportation on what changes should be made with regards to public transport moving forward, so we’ll keep you posted on that.

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The DOH added that while there is still no conclusive evidence that confirms the possibility of airborne transmissions, it’s best we all exercise a bit of extra caution.

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