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Bicycles Help Maintain Better Social Distancing

Bicycles Help Maintain Better Social Distancing

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020 - 07:00
A man wears a mask while riding on mobike past the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has been linked to cases of coronavirus, on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Getty Images
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If you have to leave the house for compelling reasons, there is no better option than a bicycle, according to health experts, especially amid the "stay home" recommendation currently echoed by the world's governments as part of the global efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

"In this way, people won't face each other at the two-meter danger distance within which the virus can be transmitted," the German News Agency cited statistics expert Gerd Antes as saying.

"I can't but recommend cycling," added Antes who studies the coronavirus transmission methods. The expert sees that the bicycle is a 100 percent isolated transport, as the driver is the only person who touches it, unlike in buses and trains, where myriads of people touch the same buttons, seats, and handles.

Antes, who also heads a medical center at the University of Freiburg, Germany, said: "The bicycle ensures a high level of protection as it allows you to maintain the required safe distance all the time." In addition, by riding the bicycle, you are reducing the number of people using public transport, which gathers a huge number of people at the same time and have a significantly higher risk of infection.

Therefore, if you have an old bicycle abandoned in your garage, clean it and let it accompany you in the coming days.

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