4 tips for a healthy commute in 2022
Is it safe to commute? That’s a question on a lot of people’s minds as they head back to work in 2022.
Public transportation ridership plummeted in several parts of the country in 2020 and 2021. People worked from home, and many were afraid to ride subways, buses, and trains again during the pandemic.
Commuting can be a safe and efficient way to get to work when done correctly. Here are some tips for a healthy commute in 2022.
1 – Be careful of social settings
Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and founder and director of ICAP Global Health at Columbia University, said studies show social settings are carrying the risk of COVID transmissions. People trust others and don’t wear a mask. However, the risk did not carry over to public transportation. Places like bars, gyms, churches, and other indoor gathering spots did carry a risk.
2 – Watch your surroundings
Even though the risk of transmission is lower on a subway or bus, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. El-Sadr recommends not riding in crowded cars, so try another one or wait for the next train, if possible. You should always stay away from sick passengers, particularly those who are coughing or have congestion.
3 – Wear a mask
She also recommends staying away from people who are not masked but always making sure you have your mask with you. If you are riding crowded trains, you should consider double masking.
4 – Get vaccinated
Government officials suggest getting vaccinated along with booster shots are the best ways to protect yourself and help slow or stop the spread of COVID.
Commuter benefits available in 2022
Are your employees commuting back to the office in 2022? Commuter benefits are a good benefit to help them save some money. Commuter benefits allow employees to save money tax-free in their paychecks and starting January 1st, employees are eligible to spend up to $280 per month.
Commuter benefits can be used for fares on buses, trains, subways, light rail, water taxies, and ferries. Drivers can also use benefits to pay for qualified parking expenses at meters, garages, or parking lots. You can also use commuter benefits to pay for rideshares.
If commuter benefits sound like a good fit for you and your employees, book a meeting with us so we can help you find the best option for you.