Motorists at risk of transmitting Coronavirus – experts warn germs can stick to car parts

Motorists at risk of transmitting Coronavirus – experts warn germs can stick to car parts

Viruses and germs are brought into a car when they stick to hard surfaces such as steering wheels, gear sticks and door handles. Analysis even shows germs may be at risk of entering your house through walking your shoes from your car into a hallway.

Tom Preston, Managing Director at Zero Deposit Car leasing said: “We all know it can be a chore to clean both outside and inside the car – and we know many of our customers take
pride in their vehicles.

“However, even if your car looks clean and tidy, there may be bacteria and germs lurking that could potentially be dangerous for you and your family’s health.

“You wouldn’t leave your house for three months without cleaning it, so you shouldn’t with your car either – especially when you’re using it every day, as well as travelling to a range of different places.”

New analysis from Zuto has shown many drivers admit to leaving their cars with dirty mats or with mud on the seats and floors.

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Experts from the group have warned leaving due to build up inside the car could make motorists ill and have warned them to wash down their vehicles as often as they can.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a Zuto spokesperson said: “Cars are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, as it’s not a job that sits at the top of our lists. However, letting the grime pile up inside could potentially make you sick.

“We also recommend keeping some hand sanitiser and anti-disinfectant wipes in your car, so you can wipe down any spillages and keep your hands bacteria-free.”

According to the NHS, germ hotspots should be cleaned on a regular basis after use with cleaning products.

The new technology claims to remove airborne viruses, bacteria, fungi and moulds from the air inside a vehicle for the safety of motorists.

Tesla’s Model X is installed with a Bioweapon Defense Mode which claims to deliver air cleanliness comparable to a hospital waiting room.

Elon Musk has previously claimed the filter is 100 times more effective than other automotive filters by removing bacteria and viruses from the air.

Dr Corey Gerbet, Chief Medical Officer at US-based Dillard University said: “Even when you have an air filtration system in a vehicle, viruses can be airborne before filtration or on surfaces in the cabin.

“Although the Tesla system is very advanced and works extremely well, it would be virtually impossible to eliminate all of the pathogens in the automobile before you enter it.

“Furthermore, when you enter a closed space you introduce bacteria and viruses to that space as they are ubiquitous in our environment.”

Published at Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:08:00 +0000