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[LISTEN] I use a taxi to get to work everyday, what's my Covid-19 risk?

14 July 2020 6:11 PM

Infectious disease specialist Dr Jeremy Nel talks about the risks of contracting Covid-19 in a taxi operating at 100% capacity.

Taxi operators were on Sunday given the green light to operate at 100% capacity for local trips, provided they adhered to certain measures designed to minimize the spread of Covid-19.

But what does that mean for people who are reliant upon taxis to get from A to B?

What's the risk that, even with measures such as screening and sanitizing in place, passengers will be vulnerable to contracting Covid-19?

It's obvious that the proximity of people together in a fully loaded taxi is an infection risk, regardless of the other measures which are put in place.

Dr Jeremy Nel, Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, Helen Joseph Hospital - University of the Witwatersrand

Social distancing is one of the measures we've all become familiar with over the past few months and that becomes impossible when the taxi is 100% full.

Dr Jeremy Nel, Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, Helen Joseph Hospital - University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Nel says the longer one is exposed, the greater the risk of transmission.

It's what they call a linear risk. If you go for 15 minutes, the risk is about half, what it is in 30 minutes and a quarter of what it would be for an hour.

Dr Jeremy Nel, Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, Helen Joseph Hospital - University of the Witwatersrand

The longer you're in a confined area, the more the risk goes up.

Dr Jeremy Nel, Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, Helen Joseph Hospital - University of the Witwatersrand



14 July 2020 6:11 PM

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