A WARNING has been issued to those who car share.
Cases have been confirmed locally and nationally where car sharing has led to the spread of coronavirus.
And Warwickshire County Council is calling on residents not to share a vehicle with those outside their household.
Director of public health Shade Agboola said: “Although cases in Warwickshire remain stable, there have been a number of confirmed cases in the last few weeks which relate directly to people car sharing or socialising outside of work. We know coronavirus spreads faster in enclosed spaces, including cars and other vehicles than it does outdoors, and this is one of the factors we are seeing in some outbreaks. Our advice would be not to share a vehicle with anyone outside of your household. If you do have to car share, only do so with one other person and maximise the distance between you, so the passenger sits in the back of the vehicle on the opposite side to the driver.
“When traveling, keep windows down, wear a face covering and clean the car between journeys, particularly the areas people touch. Most importantly, do not car share if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or you are sharing a house with somebody who has symptoms or have been advised you should self-isolate.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/information-coronavirus for more information.